The first FrankTalks of the year focused on developing a healthy mind, body and wallet as many move forward into 2019 after making the ever so evasive New Year’s resolution.
Hosted by Franklin Tomorrow, the monthly talk focuses on subjects important to the development of the community.
Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director Mindy Tate told attendees Monday at Westhaven Resident’s Club that setting goals for those three aspects – mind, body and "treasures," or finances – can help one achieve new heights in health and prosperity in 2019.
Panelists Linda Schacht, associate professor at Lipscomb University; Jay Moore, director of the Williamson County Schools Athletic Training Program for Williamson Medical Center; and Diane LeBlanc, a financial advisor with Renasant Bank, shared insights to help others start the new year right.
Schacht, who is the strategic advisor to the dean for the Lipscomb College of Leadership and Public Service, encouraged attendees to get engaged in their community in order to seek fulfillment.
She also explained that to have a well-informed mind, one must obtain news from reliable sources.
“Go to the source directly,” Schacht said. “Do your own research. Don’t get your news from someone sending you information on Facebook or Twitter.
“Headlines are sometimes meant to suck you in.”
Schacht challenged the audience be a discerning news consumer, to check sources and read the original article or watch the entire video of an interview from a news source.
“News sources now have entire videos from interviews,” she said. “Watch the whole interview. If people are talking about an article, read the article yourself. Go to the original source.”
She also warned the audience about commentary and opinion versus fact.
“Many people talk about the comments that people are making about a story but forget about the content,” Schacht said.
Schacht also shared that current statistics say spending a large amount of time on social media makes people less happy.
“Reduce your time on social media,” she said.
She reiterated that a healthy mind results from engagement.
“You are the curator of your own life … Optimism comes from filling your life with good things,” she said, emphasizing that optimism in life creates better experiences.
Moore gave a few tips on staying healthy in the new year and informed the audience how to make attainable wellness goals.
Emphasizing keeping goals simple, Moore suggested making small goals and building upon them in increments.
A few simple fitness goals Moore suggested included walking to stay healthy.
“Make it your goal to walk 1 mile, 15 or 20 minutes, every day,” he said. “Do that for two or three months and then see if you can do more. It’s a great way to start the day.”
Next, in order to increase metabolism and promote more weight loss, Moore suggested adding weight training to walking.
“Find something that you enjoy,” he said.
Other simple but effective wellness tips Moore shared included refraining from eating late at night, reducing portion sizes and decreasing sugar intake.
“One woman who ate a half gallon of ice cream every night cut it in half, reducing it to a fourth, and still lost 8 pounds in a month just doing that,” he said.
Admitting that he likes to have a piece of pie at night, Moore told the audience to pick a night or day to eat something sweet and enjoy it, then “be good” for the rest of the time.
“And don’t rely on the scale," Moore said. "If you do weight training, you can build muscle and then it seems that the scale doesn’t move. Rely on how your clothes fit."
LeBlanc called financial wellbeing, “getting your house in order,” for 2019.
According to a study, LeBlanc said 33 percent of New Year’s resolutions are based on finances, and 48 percent of people want to save more.
He shared that a bit of planning ahead and foresight can lead to strategic financial gains.
“Treat your finances as if you are the chief financial officer of the company,” LeBlanc said.
A few tips included pay yourself first, protect your information, devise a budget, track spending and award your self bonuses.
The next Franklin Tomorrow event, Breakfast With the Mayors will be Tuesday, Jan. 22.