LIVINGSTON, NJ — With the New Year almost here, Livingston Township reminds residents that all township offices will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, and there will be no garbage or recycling pickup on New Years Day.

For those with Wednesday/Saturday garbage pickup, trash will be collected on the next regularly scheduled day, which is Saturday, Jan. 4. Recycling collection will move forward one day all week per the normal holiday schedule as follows:

  • Zone 3 recycling will be picked up on Thursday, Jan. 2;
  • Zone 4 recycling will be picked up on Friday, Jan. 3; and
  • Zone 5 recycling will be picked up on Saturday, Jan. 4.

As many residents begin setting New Year’s resolutions for 2020, the Livingston Health Department chimed in on the topic to share some tips.

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“People often make New Year’s resolutions to improve their health in some way—to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, or quit smoking,” the department said in a statement. “Unfortunately, not everyone is successful in achieving their goal to improve their health by the end of the year.”

When committing to resolutions for the new year, the health department suggests that residents choose things that they really want to accomplish for themselves.

“Others may make resolutions similar to yours but will work to achieve their goals differently, so don’t compare your progress to that of others,” the department said. “If you are planning on making a resolution for yourself in 2020 to improve your health in some way, start by making small advances towards your goal that work best for you.”

The Livingston Health Department shared the following tips to help residents in achieving their health and wellness goals for the new year and making sure they commit to resolutions that are right for them.

Make your resolution specific. Be clear about what you’re going to work toward achieving. If your resolution is to lose weight, be specific, such as: “I plan to lose 15 pounds by the end of the year.” This will help you develop a plan to achieve it. 

Set an achievable resolution. Make sure your goal is realistic and is something that you could really achieve. Take into consideration any limitations you may have; for example, you may not be able to run as far as you once could. You may have a new dietary restriction, such as a food allergy or intolerance. Being aware of your own limitations can help you set realistic goals. 

Break down your resolution. Working toward your ultimate goal takes time, so set smaller goals to help you achieve your resolution. For example, if your resolution is to develop a healthier diet by making sure you get the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day, focus on small changes to help you achieve the big picture. This could include actions like ordering a healthier side dish such as a salad instead of fries with your meal, or having one serving of fruit with breakfast in the morning. Breaking down your goal into small parts can help you stay on the right path.

Seek support. Health professionals can assist you in working toward your goals and help you make changes to your lifestyle that will improve your health. For instance, if you would like to make changes to your diet, a Registered Dietitian can help you come up with a meal plan that is right for you. If you’d like to quit smoking, seek help from a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist who can help you decide the right course of action. Share your health and wellness goals with friends and family members who can also offer their support for you.

Set aside time. Depending on your resolution, you may need to adjust your schedule to set aside time to work towards achieving it. If you want to be able to run a 5K, you’ll need to find the right time to train for it. Running in the morning may not work well for you, but running in the evening might. Keep in mind that if you do plan to change your exercise routine in any way, it’s best to consult your physician first to make sure the exercise is right for you. 

Don’t get discouraged. It’s okay if you have setbacks while working to achieve your resolution. You may have gained a pound instead of losing a pound or skipped going to the gym for a few days. Don’t let setbacks prevent you from continuing to work toward achieving your resolution — keep trying. Revaluate what you are doing to achieve your goal and make adjustments as needed.

As people begin to think about their resolutions for the New Year, the Livingston Health Department urges residents take their health into consideration.

“Living a healthy lifestyle or continuing to do so should be a part of your plan,” the department said as it wished all residents “a happy and healthy New Year.”

The annual Livingston Township Reorganization Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Livingston Senior and Community Center.

Visit livingstonnj.org for holiday schedules and more information about garbage and recycling.