RHINELANDER - We're about 2 months into 2012, and now is the time when many New Year's resolutions fall apart... if they haven't already.
Yet there are some people who make it work. So what's the secret to keeping a resolution?
They seem to be a rare breed, people who actually keep their New Year's Resolutions. So what's their secret?
"The good old buddy system works the best... It's most successful if you make the resolution with say, a group. That way if one in your group starts falling behind, you give them a call and say ‘hey, you know , we’re really trying to make this happen this year. Let’s get back in there," says Chris Cook, Wellness Director for YMCA of the Northwoods.
If a friendly guilt trip isn't quite enough, or you'd rather fly solo, seeing the results as you work toward your goal could be the best motivator.
"They love it, they’re excited, they want to keep coming back for more. They come back maybe instead of two days a week, they’re coming three and four, and you’re seeing them almost every day," says Stephanie Ruckheim, a personal trainer with YMCA of the Northwoods.
Another key to success could be your perspective. Looking at your health as an investment could help you put fitness goals first.
"The first thing people cut out of budgets for financial reasons, or time constraints, is their health and well-being. And when you look at the grand scheme of things, the ultimate investment is how long you want to be around here," says Cook.
Another key may be to start small. Over-doing it in the beginning means your less likely to stick with a change for the long-haul.
"Maybe they came in a little too strong and had too big of a goal. Maybe shorten their time in the gym. Sometimes people spend even too much time, I mean you can spend too much time in here," says Ruckheim.
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
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