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oliday Greet:in00:s Winthrop News December 22, 2010 Page 22 Scientific minds advance to Regional Fourteen middle school advanced to the Regional Science Fair to be held at Minnesota State University--Mankato on February 19 due to their presenta- ] tions at the GFW Middle School Science Fair on Tuesday. Front row, from left to right: Derek Anderson, Corey Albrecht, Nolan Huiras, Megan Lee, Gabriela i Passmore and Jasmin Cruz. Back row: Seth Schuette, Matt Henderson, Jacob i Unger, Stephanie Haas, Janaye Martin, Sierra Schmidt, Jessica Meyer and t Morgan Rustman. Passmore, Rustman and Cruz teamed up on the project [ What Color Males Prefer which was the winner in the behavioral and social sciences Category.Haas and Martin won the chemistry category with "Hair Spray and Humidity." Henderson was the top presenter in the energy and transportation category with "Corded Power Tools vs. Battery Powered Tools." The medicine and health category was won by Unger with "What Pop Decays Teeth?" Lee topped the microbiology category with "What Disinfectant Kills Bacteria the Best." "Hammering Forces for Different Woods" earned Albrecht the top spot in physics and astronomy. Huiras was the top presenter in plant sciences with "Does Corn Grow Higher in Pop or Water?" Schimdt and Meyer moved on with their project "What Soft Drink Deteriorates Bones?" as did Anderson and Schuette with "Which Vegetable Stores the Most Electricity?" The following groups won categories but did not advance to Regional. Nathan Meyer and Brennen Haas with "Cows and Milk Mastitis" in animal science, Rafaei Herrera and Dustin Kindt with "What Evaporates Faster?" in earth and planetary science and Angelo Metzger, Jacob Woods and Nate Serbus with "Robot" in engineering: materials and bioengineering. Photo by Michael Mattisoo Making your resolutions stick--How to create healthy habits New Year's resolutions are easy to make but easier to break. Why is it so hard to make the healthy changes that .we know can help us feel better and live longer? And why is it so hard to make them last? Scientists are learn- ing more about how we can make healthy changes and, even more important, how we can sustain them. Change is always possible. You're neve.__r too out-o, f-shap_._t__QO 9ver- weight or too old to make healthy , changes. Some of the most common New Year's resolutions are losing weight, getting more physical activity, eating more nutritious foods, quitting ciga- rettes, cutting back on alcohol, reduc- ing stress and sleeping better. No mat- ter which healthy resolution you choose, research suggests that some 0ta strategies can boost your chance of making the change a habit, a part of your daily lifestyle. , One challenge with New Year s reolutions is that people often set unrealistic goals. They can quickly become frustrated and give up. Any resolution to change needs to include small goals that are definable and accompanied by a solid plan on how ' you'll get to that goal. For instance, a resolution to lose 30 i pounds may seem overwhelming. Instead, try setting smaller goals of losing 5 pounds a month for 6 months. Think baby steps rather than giant leaps. Next, develop an action plan. You might decide to walk a half hour each day to bum calories. You might stop buying vending machine snacks. Or you might limit and keep track of your daily calories. These axe specific behaviors that could help you meet your larger goal of losing 30 pounds. To make a long-lasting change in your life, prepare yourself for the chal- lenges you might face. Think about why you want to make the change. Is it important to you, or is it mostly influenced by others like your doctor, :: your spouse or a friend? Research suggests that if it's something you real- ly want for yourself, if it's meaningful to you, you' re more likely to stick to it. Think of exactly how the change will enhance your life. For instance, !when you stop smoking, your risk i plummets for cancer, heart disease, stroke and early death. Reducing stress might cut your risk for heart dis- ease and help you fight off germs. Even small improvements in your  physical activity, weight or nutrition may help reduce your risk for disease ; and lengthen your life. In one study, ;i overweight or obese people who lost i just 7% of their body weight slashed their risk for diabetes by nearly 60%.  Keeping facts like this in mind can i help you maintain your focus over the ii long haul. i Setting up a supportive environ- ment is another step toward success. i Think about the physical support i you'll need, like the right equipment  for exercise, appropriate clothing and the right kinds of foods to have at home. Remove items that might trip up your efforts. If you're quitting smoking, throw away your ashtrays and lighters. To improve your nutri- : tion, put unhealthy but tempting foods on a hard-to-reach shelf, or get rid of them. Social support is also key. Research shows that people's health behaviors like smoking or weight gain tend to mirror those of their friends, family and spouses. You can enlist friends and family to help you eat bet- ter, to go on walks with you, to remind you to stay on track. Find things that are fun to do together, and you'll be more likely to stick with it. It helps when you're connected to a group, where lifestyle change like weight loss is a joint goal. People learn from each other and reinforce each other in working toward their goals. While making a change is one thing, sticking to it is something else. Maintaining a change requires contin- ued commitment until the change becomes a part of your life, like brush- ing your teeth or washing your half. People who can maintain or engage in efforts to change their behavior, and do it for 6 to 8 weeks, are more likely to be able to support that effort longer term. Self-monitoring or tracking seems to be critical for almost every sort of behavior change. That includes jotting down the foods you eat, keeping an exercise diary or making a record of your sleeping pattems. MonitOring yourself might feel like a burden, but it's one of the best predictors of successful change. Think about how you can make track- ing more convenient,L so it fits natural- ly into your life. For some people, that might be a pad of paper in a purse or ocket; for others, a mobile app or a computer program. Make sure to have a plan to get back on track if you start to slip. If you feel that your motivation is waning, think back and remind yourself why the change was important to you in the first place. Maybe you wanted to have more stamina, feel better, to be able to play with grandchildren. Recalling these personal reasons can encourage you to get back on track. You don't need a New Year to make healthy changes. You can make them any time of the year but New Year's is an opportunity to think about the improvements you'd like to make and then take concrete steps to achieve them. Set realistic goals, develop an action plan and set it in motion. Make your New Year a healthy one. Making Healthy Changes Set realistic goals. Write down the steps that will help you achieve them. Plan for obstacles. Figure out how to overcome them. Don't give up just because you've slipped. Track your progress. A journal or diary is one of the best tools for help- ing you stay focused and recover from slip-ups. Get help. Ask friends and family for support. Consider enrolling in a class or program. Reward yourself. Give yourself a healthy treat when you've achieved a small goal or milestone. Add variety. Keep things inter- esting by adding new activities or expanding your goals to make them more challenging. ~ Full Time Shop Mechanic ~ Experienced or apprentice, pay based on experience. Duties: Repairs and preventative maintenance on newer heavy duty trucks & trailers. 40+ hours a week, medical, 401k, paid holidays, paid vacations. Pick up application at: Bartels Truck Lines 101 S. Hennepin, Winthrop, MN 55396 or fax resume to: 507-647-2229 Independent Contractor Christensen Farms is seeking the services of an Independent Contractor for the management of a swine farm in the Nicollet, MN area. Services required include daily animal care, loading/unloading, feed and ventilation management and building maintenance. This independent contractor must not be in contact with other swine for bio-security purposes. For further information, please contact Nikki Lee at 507-794-8544 CHRIsTENSEN 7 3 6 IH 4 5 t 8 2 9 834 269 5 7i 953 418 627 7 4;2 1 9i5 3 8[6 615 9 811 7 412 3 1"72 319 6 51a 4 916 5 713 8 214 I SlBLEY COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED Sibley County Offices will be closed for business on Friday, December 24, 2010 and Friday, December 31, 2010 In observance of Christmas and New Year's holidays. The 16 th Annual Now that things have I would like to thank you all for the support you gave me. Steve Gillaspie f fWith Mortgage Rates Near An AI-Time To Buy A Honw Independent contractor Christensen Farms is seeking the services of an Independent Contractor for the management of a swine farm in the Lafayette, MN area. Servkces required include daily g, feed and ventilation management and building.maintenance. This independent contractor must not be in cor/tac with other swine for bio-security purposes. For further information, please contact Nikki Lee at 507-794-8544 Christensen Farms 23971 County Rd 10 PO Box 3000 Sleepy Eye, MN 507,794.5310 Notice of 16 th Annual Meeting Meeting of the United Farmers Cooperative will be held on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the New UIm Community Center (500 North German Street) for the following purposes: 1. To receive audited reports of the Cooperative for the period of September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010. 2. To elect three directors for three year terms. 3. To consider and vote on bylaw amendments (1) authorizing the issuance of preferred stock paying no more than an 8% annual dividend and (2) allowing the board up to eight and a half months to evaluate the allocation of patronage income. 4. To transact any other business, which may properly be presented or brought before the meeting. We will begin the meeting promptly at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. We ask that you come early so that registration can be completed and ballots can be issued. To be eligible to vote, you need to be an active farmer producer, using products and services in excess of $5,000.00 per year. After the business meeting, lunch will be served. Yours truly/ Directors and Management Main Office, Winthrop 507-647-6600 or 866-998-3266 David Braun, Secretary