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Every New Year’s Eve, millions of Americans resolve to make their life better.
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Finance Videos


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Looking for a place to rent- getting started
Video to help find the perfect place to rent.
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Rental Leases
What you need to know when signing a rental lease.
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Moving out of your rental place
Things to consider when moving out of your rental.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth

Automate Good Habits and Create Templates
Automate Good Habits and Create Templates
Puting many of your health and wealth practices on a regular schedule is a good way to prevent procrastination by making decisions and taking action once, then allowing automatic actions afterwards.
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Compare Yourself with Recommended Benchmarks
Become familiar with common recommendations for healthy eating, physical activity, and spending habits.
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Consider Outside Influences on Health and Wealth (Audio)
Think about your past experiences with food and money so that you can make a plan to manage these outside influences.
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Convert Consumption into Labor
Help you learn how consumption can be balanced by labor.
Get Help and Be Accountable (Audio)
Learn more about health and wealth topics and can provide support and accountability as you strive to make positive behavior changes.
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Live the Power of 10
The number “10” can help you use the “small‐steps approach” to behavior change. It is an easy number to multiply, divide, and remember.
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Make Progress Every Day
Setting realistic and attainable goals can help you to successfully achieve them when you are able to make small steps toward progress  each day.
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Say “No” to Super-Sizing
Helps you understand the hazards associated with super‐sized eating and super‐sized spending.
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Set a Date and Get Started – Just Do It! (Audio)
Good lifetime habits in health and wealth can help you achieve a longer life with the assets you need to achieve your goals.
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Step Down/Step Up to Change
Help you discover small steps down or up that you are willing to take to improve your health and/or your wealth.
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Track Your Current Behavior
Help you become more aware of how much you eat, move, and spend throughout a typical day.
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Think Balance-Not Sacrifice
Helps you learn ways to balance intake and outgo associated with both human energy and money.
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Use Easy Frames of Reference
Learn simple and easy strategies to personalize and translate health and wealth frames of reference for positive behavior changes.