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New Year's Resolutions: Lifestyle and Diet remain on top

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Jessica Jones

Many college students in Mobile, Ala. rank new year's resolutions similarly as do adults in other parts of the country.


Seventy-one University of South Alabama students responded and many of them gave more than one resolution. The votes fell as follows:


  • Lifestyle changes, such as being more positive, making better grades--36

  • Diet and exercise--26

  • Saving money--16

  • Religious duties--12

  • Caring for family and friends--11

  • Quitting bad habits--5

  • Ending bad relationships--2

  • Medical surgeries--2

  • Charity--1

  • Environment--1


The Lifestyles category covers many different goals, but at the heart of all of them is changing some aspect of character or time management. Many people said they hoped to keep a more positive attitude, live life to its fullest, make better grades, etc. Of course, some were creative and said working to legalize marijuana or educating others about AIDS and healthy sexuality. These also appear in this category.


Coming in second, many people still want to eat better and exercise in the coming year. Oftentimes, responses included a certain amount of pounds to lose, while others said they want to eat more healthy foods and start an exercise regimen.


Saving money took third place--it remains a constant along with number two. A lot of students want to save money or spend it more wisely. Some, more specifically, want to save money for a summer vacation or see lowered food prices at the student center.


These responses show that while outward appearance and financial comfort burden most people, the priority for this year is being kind to others, making time for self, and other areas of self improvement. That's a good sign for the coming year.


Thank you to all the USA students who responded to the e-mail. I hope you enjoyed seeing your responses and learning the goals of your peers.

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