People resolving to have healthier lives — physically and financially |

People resolving to have healthier lives — physically and financially

It seems for many in Tahoe that New Year’s resolutions are made when moving to town. That’s because those who live here resolve to care about the quality of life.

Case in point — several residents said they refuse to bank on resolutions to run their lives.

A New Orleans woman watching her children use an El Dorado Beach embankment as a sliding platform said she resolves to make Tahoe a tradition during the holidays. She may belong here.

Denise Nesbitt also pledged to continue living healthier. In the last year, the paralegal and her husband, Ed, have each lost 20 pounds, and their son, Lucas, is 10 pounds lighter.

“We’re just watching what we eat,” she said.

Along with quitting smoking and drinking less, weight loss represents one of the more common New Year’s resolutions.

But this year, national trends show health and fitness being edged out by career goals in an uncertain economy.

Last year, ran a survey and found that 9 percent put career at the top of the list of concerns; this year, the number jumped to 27 percent. Health and fitness dropped from 27 to 24 percent of those surveyed electing to get in shape and stay that way.

Personal growth goals doubled in numbers with 14 percent rating it a top priority. Education, personal finance, time management and relationships all dropped in ranking from 2002 to 2003.

“Jobs are on everybody’s mind, period,” said Greg Helmstetter, chief executive officer of “The dramatic increase in work-related goals are not just about getting jobs, but in particular, doing well at current jobs.”

Working for a dot-com company, Helmstetter should know the drill.

Some people cite layoffs — mainly in the dot-com bust of a few years ago — as a reason for a heightened awareness over job performance and the status of the company.

“I think (career) is very much of a concern,” South Lake Tahoe Albertsons employee Flip Walker said.

Walker sees first-hand the trickle-down effect of layoffs in town, when the harsh reality of limited incomes cuts into the family grocery shopping budget.

What’s his resolution?

“I haven’t had time to think about it. We live in a resort town, so we have to take care of the town first,” he said.

Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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