The University of Georgia
Public Affairs Division
News Service

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Writer: Mickey Y. Montevideo, 706-542-9011, mickeym@uga.edu
Contact: Mickey Y. Montevideo, 706-542-9011, mickeym@uga.edu

UGA experts available to comment on New Years Resolutions for 2012

Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia experts are available to provide commentary on setting resolutions for the new year.
According to Serge Prengel, author of the book "Resolutions That Work," 40 to 45 percent of American adults will make one or more resolutions in 2012. Within the first month, 65 percent of those individuals still will be committed to their resolution, but within six months, only 45 percent will remain resolved to the promise they made to themselves.

While many people who make new years resolutions break them, research indicates that making resolutions is useful. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions.

The leading new years resolutions address weight loss, exercise and smoking cessation. Also popular are resolutions focusing on better money management and debt reduction, more time with family, and helping others.
UGA experts on the subject and their contact information are listed below. For more information, contact UGA News Service at 706/542-8083 or news@uga.edu.

Donna Leigh Bliss, Associate Professor
School of Social Work
706/542-2585
dlbliss@uga.edu

Bliss has more than 20 years of clinical and administrative practice experience in the fields of addictions and mental health. Her research and areas of interest include spirituality, child sexual abuse and other forms of trauma, leadership development, university-community collaborations, use of digital technology to enhance student learning, and program and organizational development and evaluation.

Michael Rupured, Family Financial Management Specialist
UGA Cooperative Extension
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
706/583-0054
mrupured@uga.edu

Rupured has served as a source for financial tips ranging from childhood financial literacy to credit awareness. In addition, he implements and evaluates financial literacy and life skills programs to help youth and low-income individuals attain economic self-sufficiency.

Joan Koonce, Professor and Financial Management Specialist
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
UGA Cooperative Extension Service
706/542-4865
jkoonce@fcs.uga.edu

Koonce is an expert in savings and investments, risk management and insurance, retirement and employee benefits, estate planning, and income taxes. She has conducted research in the areas of family financial planning, financial behavior of youth and family communication about finances, low-income consumers, and poverty

Connie Crawley
Senior Public Service Associate and Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist
Department of Food and Nutrition
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
706/542-3773
ccrawley@uga.edu
http://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/

Crawley serves as a resource person to the public, the media and other professionals in all areas of food and nutrition. Her special expertise is in diabetes and modification of recipes for control of all chronic diseases, and she provides outreach in the areas of diabetes education, eating disorders, low-fat food preparation, prevention of cancer, general foods, and exercise and fitness. She also works with adolescents and adults with eating disorders on a consulting basis. Her research also includes breast and cervical cancer screening in rarely and never screened women.

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