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Now that we're into the second week of the new year, it's time to set those resolutions into motion. We have plenty of books, CDs, and DVDs to help you achieve your personal goals and stick to your resolutions.

New Year's resolutions commonly involve setting personal goals: starting a new exercise routine, eating healthier, breaking a habit, starting a new career path, or just finding contentment. Researching the topic can give you that extra nudge to get you started on the road to achieving your self-help goals. Motivation and a game plan can go a long way (but if you really need motivation, try making a bet against yourself).

At the Reference Desk, we often hear this question: "where is the self-help section?" There is no set answer to this question, because it depends what type of help you are seeking. But not to worry! With a general topic in mind, we can direct you to the right area.

Here are a few examples:

If you're looking for books on diet, weight loss, or fitness you may want to browse around in the 613 section.


The no-fad diet : a personal plan for healthy weight loss
American Heart Association
613.25 Ame

Yoga for weight loss
Deason, Suzanne
DVD 613.7046 Yog

Bob Harper inside out method : pure burn, super strength
Harper, Bob
DVD 613.712 Bob

Witness to fitness: pumped up! Powered up! All things are possible! A new you in 28 days
Joyner, Donna Richardson
613.71 Joy

If you're looking for healthy recipes, the 641.5s should do the trick.

The new Mayo Clinic cookbook : eating well for better health
Mayo Clinic
641.563 New

How to feed your whole family a healthy, balanced diet : with very little money and hardly any time...
Holcombe, Gill
641.563 Hol

The simple art of EatingWell cookbook : 400 easy recipes, tips and techniques for delicious, healthy meals
Price, Jessie
641.555 Pri

Superfood kitchen: cooking with nature's most amazing foods
Morris, Julie
641.563 Mor

For tips on improving your general outlook and staying positive, 158 is a good place to start.

Self-care for life : find joy, peace, serenity, vitality, sensuality, abundance, & enlightenment - each and every day
Alexander, Skye
158.1 Ale

Help yourself : finding hope, courage, and happiness
Pelzer, David J.
158.1 Pel

No matter what! : 9 steps to living the life you love : you can overcome every obstacle
Nichols, Lisa
CD 158.1 Nic

A whole new you: six steps to ignite change for your best life
Blumenthal, Brett
CD 158.1 Blu

Happiness 101
PBS Distribution
DVD 158.1 Hap

These are just a few examples...whatever your goal is, we've got a book to help you get started. Have a happy and healthy New Year!