Each year, January marks a new beginning. What are you hoping to achieve in 2017? While setting goals is easy, sticking to them is another matter entirely. Only eight percent of Americans are successful at achieving their New Year’s resolutions. This year don’t fall into the “I can’t” slump. Pick a resolution that’s achievable and follow through. Need some inspiration to get you started? Here are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, as well as some tips to help you achieve your goals.

1. Get Healthy – The Healthy Base Initiative encourages healthy eating, exercise, and outdoor recreation for the entire family. The initiative is designed to identify effective ways to improve health and wellness of the total force, including civilians and family members. Professionally trained Health Promotion staff is available at fitness centers on most Marine Corps installations.

2. Get Organized – January is a great time to set yourself up for success in the new year. LifeSkills Training and Education offers courses that cover topics such as emergency preparedness, home safety, and developing a family care plan. 

3. Save More – Don’t be caught off guard next year. Begin saving today for next year’s education expenses, holiday gifts, birthday celebrations, anniversaries and travel. Your installation Personal Financial Management Program has a new workshop to help you recognize the messages and habits that may be sabotaging your financial goals. “Your Money Personality” is a fun and interactive workshop that will help you identify patterns in your spending habits.  Contact your local Personal Financial Management Specialist (PFM) today to schedule your workshop today.

4. Give Back– Volunteering benefits you and your unit by promoting a positive representation of the unit to the community, building camaraderie, encouraging social responsibility and by providing leadership development opportunities. To learn about the volunteer opportunities in your area contact your installation’s Volunteer Coordinator.  

5. Learn something new – A variety of do-it-yourself services, instructional classes, resources and services are available to Marines and families via Community Centers and Child and Youth Programs. Other classes available to Marines and families include LifeSkills Training and Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation. 

6. Quit smoking – Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, increasing your risks of lung disease, cancer and heart attacks.  Ready to quit? Contact your local Health Promotion office to register for the brand new Operation Tobacco-Free Marine tobacco cessation workshop! Click here for more information.  

7. Spend more time with family - The Marine Corps offers several resources for dealing with stress and conflicts.  LifeSkills offers classes in conflict management, communication, building healthy relationships and more. Click here to find a course near you. 

These are just a few of the positive changes MCCS can help you make in 2017. For a complete list of our services, click here.