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January 2018

It’s 2018, a new year providing a fresh start with new beginnings and maybe even a new you! Not only do you flip the page on a brand new calendar, you can literally reset the clock. Whatever you feel needs doing — now’s the time to dig in and set the wheels in motion.

What tops everyone’s resolution list each year? Starting a fitness plan. Whether you want to amp up what you’re already doing (think losing holiday pounds), or have decided it’s time to get off the couch, exercise is the way to go for a healthy new you. We have suggestions on how you can start a fitness regimen without breaking the bank. Discover a dozen ways to exercise! If you haven’t been able to keep your resolutions beyond day one in the past, check out why they fail and how this will be THE YEAR you succeed.

We use the New Year/January issue to share up-to-date information on the state’s maternity hospitals. Moms-to-be have a choice of where they are going to deliver their baby. What better way to start things off than with a plan? A birthing plan, that is. Start early, talk to your doctors and visit the hospital to make sure your birth experience is exactly what you want it to be, for you, your partner and your new addition. While you’re visiting the hospital, take a side trip and stop by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It’s something you don’t want to think about, but up to 12 percent of newborns require some sort of NICU services. Learn what to expect and how to prepare, just in case the need arises.

You aren’t the only one making resolutions in the family. Your kids have their own objectives. January is the perfect time for you to help your kids set personal goals and work towards achieving them. Help and support are important; however, the desire to accomplish the goal must come from within your child.

You might be shivering outside with all this cold weather, but you can STEAM things up with great projects incorporating science, technology, engineering, art and math to keep your kids busy on winter days. Wintry days are also the perfect opportunities to explore the world in a new light  — through books. The Farmington Libraries have provided a great variety of seasonal reads in the Bookshelf column.

Don’t miss a chance to go out and about this month. Our Family Fun Calendar has lots of January jaunts all month long.

For those who plan ahead, summer will be here before you know it! Now is the time to start thinking about summer programs for your children. Summer programming and overnight camp are an experiences that stay with your child for a lifetime.

As you start into the New Year, we wish you the happiest and healthiest New Year for you and your family. The best to you in 2018!  


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