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Thinking about making some healthy changes?
Want to teach, learn and volunteer?
'Don't Cross Your Eyes... They'll Get Stuck That Way!'
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Staying Well:
Thinking about making some healthy changes?

With 2012 fast approaching, maybe you’ve been thinking about making a few New Year’s resolutions involving a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, it’s far easier to make resolutions than to keep them. Expecting too much and not having a specific plan for putting good intentions into practice can be to blame. So try not to make too many big changes all at once.

This year, consider the strategies below when you’re making resolutions and putting them into action: Read more...

 
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Want to teach, learn and volunteer?

Retirees can learn, teach and contribute to their communities all at once through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Northwestern University’s Chicago and Evanston campuses. OLLI is the continuation of a “learning in retirement” program begun 25 years ago at the urging of Newton Minow, a lifetime NU trustee and former FCC chairman.

Bernard Osher, an American businessman and philanthropist, provided funding for the program’s continuation as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

New in 2011 and continuing in 2012 are Civic Engagement Study Groups. They combine academic study and volunteerism, says Civic Engagement Committee Chair Janet Lang, and complement some 70 non-credit study groups already offered each semester. Nationwide, OLLI operates on 122 campuses. Read more...

 

Bookshelf:
'Don't Cross Your Eyes... They'll Get Stuck That Way!'

Do you swear by vitamin C for warding off colds? When insomnia strikes, do you heat up some milk? Do you avoid touching bathroom door handles because they’re supposedly super-germy?

Plenty of people do. Chances are you’ve heard countless times that vitamin C can help prevent colds, drinking warm milk promotes sleep and door handles are the dirtiest things in a public washroom—to mention just a few commonly held health beliefs.

“Without even realizing it, many of us follow all kinds of rules for keeping our bodies healthy,” physicians Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman note in “Don’t Cross Your Eyes.” And, they add, the constant stream of wellness information available today means the list of things to worry about keeps growing and changing. Read more...

 


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