To those who celebrate, I hope you enjoyed a very merry Christmas. It’s a special day, even more so when it can be shared with the important people in your life. With the hustle and bustle of daily life, especially during the holiday season, we sometimes lose sight of who and what’s important to us. If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, I encourage you to make spending more time with loved ones a priority for 2013. I had the pleasure of spending Christmas with my family right here in Orange County. I was blessed to enjoy the magic and wonder of the holiday through the eyes of my young grandchildren – it’s a time that I truly treasure.
If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, as many of us are, I’m guessing that losing weight, getting fit, and giving up smoking may be on your list for the New Year. These continue to be among the top resolutions year after year. If they are, keep in mind that you don’t need to go it alone - we’ve got a lot of great resources available here in Orange County to help you successfully keep your resolutions in 2013. There’s a wealth of information available on the County Department of Health’s website for healthy living – check out www.healthyorange.com. You’ll find information about current health concerns, classes and training programs, diet and exercise information, and specialized information for healthy living through the ages – from baby to adult.
If you’re ready to kick the smoking habit once and for all in the New Year – you’ll find information for help with that on www.healthyorange.com as well. There are even free programs to help you quit. To learn more, visit the website or call 568-5226.
As you celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year, I urge you to do so responsibly – please don’t drink and drive. The Orange County Stop DWI office offers these simple steps to avoid tragedy on the road this holiday season:
• Plan ahead and always designate a non-drinking driver before any party or celebration begins.
• Take the keys. Do not let a friend drive if they are impaired.
• Be a helpful host. If you’re hosting a party, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.
Lastly, now that winter is officially upon us, please remember your neighbors as the days get colder and the snow starts to fly. If you have sick or elderly neighbors, friends, or relatives, be sure to check in on them regularly – especially when we’ve had snow, ice, or power outages. They’ll appreciate the visit and the time you take will make a difference - maybe even save a life.
My very best wishes to all the residents of Orange County for a very happy New Year. You are what make this County one of the finest places anywhere to live, work, and raise a family. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2013.
Until next week, I wish you all good health and happiness and a happy new year.