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The Dawn of a New Year

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Dr. Chris Levister, Jr.
2008 is history. Today we greet January renewed.

For many this is a time of reflection and resolution.

The tradition of New Year’s resolution goes back to 153 BC when Janus, a mythical king of early Rome, was placed at the head of the calendar. With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.

The first of the year is that rare, earnest moment when we are all thinking this way together, resolving to be benevolent, compassionate, motivated, and adventuresome.

For the New Year ‘Our Bodies’ is your guide to a healthier body:
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Stick to your ideal body weight.
Give your heart a work out.
Take 10,000 steps every day.
If you smoke stop, if you use illegal drugs stop and if you have sex, have safe sex.
Spend more time with family and friends.
Tell them you love them frequently.
Make a resolution to change - even just one thing.

With the historical election of America first Black President Barack Obama and the steep economic challenges we all face, 2008 showed us the best and the worst of times.

It's time for change – let it start with you!

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