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Small Steps to Health and Wealth

Tue July 29, 2014: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT

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The Small Steps to Health and Wealth initiative encourages participants to make positive behavior changes to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances. This presentation is a collaborative effort of the OneOp and the Child and Family Learning Network.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ (SSHW) is a national Cooperative Extension program developed by Dr. Barbara O’Neill and Dr. Karen Ensle at Rutgers University that encourages participants to make positive behavior changes to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances. It is believed to be the first long-term program ever developed to motivate Americans to simultaneously apply the same personal behavior change strategies to both areas of their lives. SSHW was developed because many Americans have both health and financial “issues.” Societal problems that have been widely reported in recent years include an increasing incidence of diabetes, overweight, and obesity, low household savings, high household debt levels, and bankruptcy filings. The SSHW program includes 25 behavior change strategies that people can adopt to address these concerns. Each involves taking small positive steps that people can put into practice on a daily basis. This 90-minute webinar will begin by describing relationships between people’s health and personal finances. It will then describe each one of the 25 behavior change strategies and how people can apply them to their lives.
The cover photo was provided by Small Steps to Health and Wealth™.


Dr. Barbara O’Neill, financial resource management specialist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, has been a professor, financial educator, and author for 35 years. She has written over 1,500 consumer newspaper articles and over 125 articles for academic journals, conference proceedings, and other professional publications. She is a certified financial planner (CFP®), chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC®), accredited financial counselor (AFC), certified housing counselor (CHC), and certified financial educator (CFEd). Dr. O’Neill served as president of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and is the author of two trade books, Saving on a Shoestring and Investing on a Shoestring, and co-author of Investing For Your Future, Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women, and Small Steps to Health and Wealth. She earned a Ph.D. in family financial management from Virginia Tech and received over three dozen awards for professional achievements and over $900,000 in funding for financial education programs and research.


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