Small Steps to Health and Wealth˙, Second Edition

Publication Number: NRAES-182
Cost: $19.50
Length: 132 pages
Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-933395-15-9
Authors: Barbara O'Neill and Karen Ensle
Features: 44 worksheets, Action Steps, Health and Wealth Benchmarks
Second Edition Now Available

Winner 2013 EIFLE Award


About the Book 

Twenty similarities between personal health and wealth issues are described and common obstacles to change are reviewed. Then twenty-five strategies to change behavior for improved health and increased wealth are described. Forty-four worksheets and sixteen information- packed tables help the reader adapt these strategies to their situation. Health and wealth benchmarks are included to help define health and wealth goals. Includes extensive lists of references and web-based resources.

The book has been updated to reflect the introduction of the USDA's Web site and MyPlate Graphic. It also includes advice from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans as well as updated information on credit card laws and the health and financial status of US households. 


Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP® Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management

Karen Ensle, Ed.D., RD, FAD, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey

Book Contents      

The 132-page book has  44 worksheets, 16 tables, over 150 action steps, health and wealth benchmarks, and an extensive list of online resources for more information.

1----Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ Overview                   

2----Health and Wealth Connections 

Twenty similarities between health and financial issues, issues are described. These common characteristics support the authors’ premise that the same behavior-change strategies can be used to improve both.

3----Overcoming Obstacles and Taking Action

How obstacles such as denial, fear, environmental influences, lack of specific goals, negative thought patterns, other people, and not knowing how to start can be overcome.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 4----25 Behavior-Change Strategies for Health and Wealth                  

Twenty-five specific behavior-modifying strategies to  choose from, each with one or more worksheets and action steps. Some example strategies include:

  • tracking current behavior
  • unloading childhood baggage
  • committing to making a change
  • automating good habits and creating templates
  • using easy frames of reference
  • taking calculated risks and conquering fears
  • expecting obstacles and preparing for relapses
  • setting a date and getting started

5----Taking Action and Staying Motivate


Small Steps to Health and Wealth™, NRAES-182, is published by PALS, Plant and Life Sciences Publishing (formerly NRAES). PALS is a not-for-profit program dedicated to increasing the public availability of science- and experienced-based knowledge. The program is sponsored by four land-grant universities in the Eastern US. It is part of the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.


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