Winter 2012, Week 1

Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • Health: Eat more veggies. Vegetables, especially bright colored and dark green leafy ones, are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. They are also high in fiber and very filling.
  • Wealth: Write down what you want to accomplish and when. For example, if your goal is to save $1,000 during the next year to buy a big screen television, write "I will save $1,000 in 12 months."

Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Health: Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily and at least 6 servings of grain products.
  • Wealth: Remember that small steps matter. If you want to save $1,000 in a year, pay attention to where nickels and dimes go each day. Save $2 per day, plus pocket change, and you can reach this goal.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

  • Health: Drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Americans drink 50 gallons of soft drinks per person each year. Every 12 ounce can of regular soda contains 10 or more teaspoons of sugar.
  • Wealth: Take stock of your wealth with a net worth statement (a.k.a., balance sheet). It is like a "financial snapshot" that shows the dollar value of what you own (assets) and what you owe (liabilities or debts).

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  • Health: Avoid skipping meals, especially breakfast, to save time and/or calories. Skipping a meal may actually result in eating more calories throughout the day.
  • Wealth: Don't burn your money. Quit smoking or don't start. Assume a pack of cigarettes costs $6. Multiply $6 by 365 and you could save $2,190 a year, plus interest (not to mention positive health effects!).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

  • Health: Replace regular cheese with lower fat cheeses like low-fat cottage cheese or part skim mozzarella.
  • Wealth: Junk the "junk food." You'll lose weight (100 calories/day = 10 pounds/year) and pocket the savings. Save $7 a day on "empty calorie" foods and drinks and you'll have over $2,500 in a year.

Friday, January 20, 2012

  • Health: Choose low-fat margarine to replace butter or stick margarine to reduce saturated fat in your diet.
  • Wealth: Calculate how much will your savings grow to with this helpful calculator: http://bit.ly/gQW677

Saturday, January 21, 2012

  • Health: Be "sodium conscious." Review the "Nutrition Facts" food label to see how much of a day's recommended sodium intake a serving of food contains.
  • Wealth: Eat less food. Instead of eating 4 cookies a day, eat two. Bring half a meal home from restaurants. Getting "two meals from one" can save hundreds of dollars (and thousands of calories) annually.

  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences