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Crook County On The Move offers ideas, articles, tips and videos to stay healthy

As we have now turned over the January page on this year's calendar, we always look forward to February, with red hearts and valentines in every store window to help keep away the winter doldrums and dreary days.

But as we do this, how about revisiting those New Year's resolutions. Many of us talk about making them, and I know people who even take the time and effort to write long lists, including things like working to promote world peace and freedom, along with remembering to take those empty bottles and cans to the recycling center before they completely take over the garage. And we can't forget the resolution to lose enough weight to fit into that gorgeous outfit we bought at the after-Christmas sales.

It's admirable to have high and lofty thoughts, and I salute those who manage to achieve them. Most of us fall somewhere between dreaming and actually accomplishing any and all of the things on our list. Many of us set goals that are almost impossible to achieve and are easily discouraged when the inevitable setbacks occur. We can't always do everything right the first or sometimes even the second or third time, so we give up and feel depressed about it all. Every other TV advertisement tells us that we can look like a movie star or bench press a truck if we follow their advice and send money.

When we're concerned and downright worried about whether we still have a job, or if the kids will get back to school soon, or if we can get the COVID vaccine before we get sick, personal fitness goals can be put way back on the back burner or forgotten completely. Hope and optimism seemed to have moved far away, and it's hard to light a candle to try to take away the winter's darkness – it seems futile at times.

One very bright and shining light is Crook County On The Move, a program of Crook County Foundation. There are amazing and wonderful resources available for all of us – and we don't have to spend money or time on any new and improved products that never worked anyway. There so many positive and realistic answers to so many of our questions, and concerns – and these ideas and suggestions aren't any further away than our computer or smart phone.

The website address is: https://crookcountyonthemove.org/explore-local. You're invited to sit back with a cup of coffee or a cold drink and discover so many good and great things available in our communities. This is definitely a wonderful resource to return to again and again. The words: Keep Moving … Be Nourished… Stay Refreshed, give us the energy to see just what we can do to make our personal and family lives even better.

Crook County On The Move has a Facebook page: https://Facebook.com/CrookCountyOnTheMove.

One really good and positive idea is to scroll back (on their Facebook page) to the Good Housekeeping 30 Day Mental Health Challenge. This was originally printed last year, but is something relevant in any month, any year.

Crook County On The Move even has a YouTube page featuring their Be Well Video Series, created in partnership with Olive and Blu Photography: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwCjTt6zvNPQfmFkqETcd0Q.

Many new families have chosen to make Prineville their home and are looking for resources and ideas to help settle in, and Crook County On The Move provides so much information about our wonderful community and the outstanding activities available to all.

Learning more about Crook County On The Move will give everyone the energy and optimism to find good and positive things to do this winter. Let's begin to take the first steps on a brand new adventure.


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