Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ is “designed to motivate consumers to implement behavior change strategies that simultaneously improve their health and personal finances.” http://njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw/
The research-based program is based on the fact that “small, positive behavior changes, such as saving $5 or cutting 100 calories a day, make a big difference over time and are always better than taking no action at all.” We are much more likely to change our behavior by changing small habits rather than trying to make large, sudden changes in our lives. The website includes 25 behavior change strategies Fact Sheets, motivational messages, success stories, and helpful links and resources. Each fall, winter, and spring SSHW runs a challenge where participants track their positive behavior changes and top scorers are rewarded with prizes.
Financial Planning for Women (http://www.usu.edu/fpw/) is a monthly educational seminar that meets the second Wednesday (except December) at two times: 11:30-12:30 p.m. in the USU Taggart Student Center room 336 (Bring a lunch), and at 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center, 493 North 700 East, Logan (at bottom of Old Main Hill). The longer evening time slot allows for more discussion. Programs are free and registration is not required. The mission of Financial Planning for Women is to educate women about personal finance and investing and motivate them to take responsibility for their financial future. Specific goals include:
- to educate women about personal finance and financial planning.
- to motivate women to take action to reduce debt and start or increase saving/investing.
- to teach women to calculate the amount they need to invest for retirement and to invest toward that goal.
- to provide women with the tools to plan at least one action based on each program.
- to encourage participants to commit to a process of life-long learning.
For years, most people looked at their physical health and their financial situation as two very different issues. But that’s changing. Today, the overwhelming majority of American workers recognize the link between health and wealth. Our recent survey found 84 percent of workers see physical health as an investment in their financial future.
To read more of this great article written by Tim Minard for benefits pro go here.