Making New Year's resolutions stick

More than 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but few keep them a whole year. 

The key to New Year’s resolutions, according to Asghar Naqvi, primary care physician at Ochsner Health Center–Zachary, is not just making them, but keeping them. “It’s much easier to keep resolutions that are manageable and can be incorporated easily into your everyday life,” Naqvi said,

He offers 10 tips:

  • Set aside time each day to work on your goals and put it in your calendar.
  • Start small. Make small, manageable and achievable personal goals for yourself so you don’t get overwhelmed and give up.
  • Write your goals down and make them public. This will make you more accountable.
  • Make your resolution part of your routine. For example, if you want to connect more with family and friends, make it a habit to call them on a certain night of each week.
  • Be specific. Detailed instead of vague resolutions give a visible goal and help planning.
  • Be accountable. Share your resolutions with friends or family so they can help you stay on track.
  • Surround yourself with people who are supportive of your goals. 
  • Keep it reasonable. Create milestones in the goals that are realistic.
  • Track your success. Keep a journal of successes and the milestones achieved. Apps on your smartphone can help to track your progress.
  • Reward yourself. Celebrate successes in achieving steps along the way and the achieved resolution.

Support groups

An Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group will meet from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, at Lane Regional Medical Center.

A Grief Support Group meets at 2 p.m. monthly on the first Friday at Lane Regional Medical Center.

For information on either group, contact Dianne Miller at (225) 975-1636.

Mad Hatter event 

The Zachary Charity League is holding a Mad Hatter Cocktail Party and Casino Night from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 3 at the Pointe in Americana, 1250 Meeting St., Zachary.

The night will include a silent auction, casino games, food catered by Walk-Ons, dancing and more. Tickets are $80 a person or $150 per couple. Tickets include casino chips, beer, wine and signature cocktail. A cash bar will be available. Hats are recommended.

MLK Scholarship Ball

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Zachary Committee will host its annual scholarship ball, "A Night of Elegance," from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Baker Municipal Center Auditorium, 3325 Groom Road.

Tickets to the semiformal/formal event are $25 each or a donation may be made to the committee and mailed to P.O. Box 524, Zachary, LA 70791.

Tickets may be purchased from any committee member or by calling Johnnie Evans, committee chairwoman, at (225) 933-6431. 

Zachary Lions Spring Garage Sale

The Zachary Lions Club is holding a spring garage sale March 2-3 to benefit its charitable community projects.

Club members are asking for donations of household items, children’s clothes, children’s toys, furniture or other items in good shape.

Anyone wishing to donate items should call (225) 654-5421, (225) 654-6494 or (225) 654-6325 before Feb. 20.

Send news, events and photos for the Baker, Chaneyville, Pride and Zachary areas to by 10 a.m. Monday or call (225) 388-0215.