Naperville Library Launching 'Healthy, Wealthy and Wise'

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Byline: Susan Greenwood Naperville Public Library submission

Are you a member of the majority -- the majority that doesn't keep their New Year's resolutions after six months?

You can get help keeping those resolutions by participating in Healthy, Wealthy and Wise, a yearlong initiative sponsored by Naperville Public Library.

Throughout 2013, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise will educate Naperville-area individuals and families on how they can develop and sustain a healthy physical, financial and mental lifestyle. HWW will include a Jan. 31 kickoff, an interactive fair with booths sponsored by area health and financial organizations, as well as monthly educational programs.

"HWW is a unique communitywide combination of education, motivation and tracking," said John Spears, Naperville Public Library executive director. "The library is partnering with a variety of community organizations to become an unbiased center for health and financial information. Not only will the library present programs, but we will also be a source of information about other educational programs in the community."

The idea for Healthy, Wealthy and Wise came from Alice Wood, founder and president of Live Smart International." After research, Wood learned that while personal debt levels and obesity rates have both been on a steady rise for several decades, the rate of personal savings has rapidly declined. …