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New Year’s resolutions every day at Naperville Public Library

<p>Mary Rakoczy is the multimedia associate for the Naperville Public Library. | Submitted</p>

Mary Rakoczy is the multimedia associate for the Naperville Public Library. | Submitted

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I see it every week. Sitting in my Weight Watchers meetings every Friday, I see each dieter leafing through their weight tracker either sighing with relief at their weight loss or shaking their fist at their weight gain. I see them sit back and make a promise to count their points, not overeat and hit the health club.

Each week we, the stress eaters, the late-night pantry raiders and the mindless snackers, put on our game face and creep on the scale to see the week’s folly or fortune. It’s like each week is a fresh resolution to eat healthy. So I hear you and your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and exercise, because I live for a new resolution every week.

And each week’s resolutions have been good to me. It’s off and on from week to week, but I have dropped about 20 pounds. I must thank my family and my guy Keith, who bought me new kicks for Christmas so I wouldn’t have to be shamed at the gym wearing my holey, soulless sneakers.

Admittedly so, it was hard here at Naperville Public Library around the holidays. One day there were dozens of doughnuts in the break room, and then the next day, I turn around and there is a whole red velvet cake beckoning me. The thoughtful library staff members definitely know good food, so I am not complaining. But I get a bravo point for not diving off the deep end into a sugar coma.

While the library’s lunch room is generous with indulgences, I am lucky, because the library’s shelves are also stuffed with resources to help me live healthy.

“We have a large collection of cookbooks for healthy everyday cooking and for low-fat or low-carb diet cooking,” business librarian Kent Palmer said. “There is also a large collection of books on fitness, exercise, yoga, weight lifting, dance exercise, swimming-pool fitness, running and walking for fitness. The exercise DVDs are quite popular.”

Another great resource is the library’s Consumer Reports database that rates health-related products and exercise equipment. Palmer said the library also offers a free Live Smart Tracking Journal of which patrons can track their progress on goals set for healthy habits. The tracker also covers healthy spending habits to better manage financial resources.

To motivate patrons to live healthy, the library has health-related materials grouped together on display as part of its Healthy, Wealthy and Wise program. To culminate the 12-monthlong initiative, the library will team up with about 20 community partners to host a year-end celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive.

Food, prizes and a special guest speaker will be at the event. And I know I will be there to learn about not only eating healthier but also giving my brain a tune up by talking to different education-focused and financially savvy groups and businesses.

Let’s set some new resolutions together. I hope to see you there!

Mary Rakoczy is a multimedia associate for the Naperville Public Library.

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