National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
It seems appropriate that January is National Staying Healthy Month
since many people make New Year’s Resolutions to improve their health
often by committing to exercise more or eat less. Although we often
focus on physical health; mental, emotional, and spiritual health are
equally important. Like four tires on a car, they need equal maintenance
to maintain efficiency. Likewise, when one is neglected, it can
eventually impact the wear on the others. Today’s newsletter highlights
the interconnectedness of these components in our lives and offers tips
for you and the families you serve on strategies for reducing stress,
getting more rest, and strengthening interpersonal relationships. As we
kick-off 2014, let’s all resolve to focus more holistically on staying
healthy for ourselves and our families!
Happy New Year,
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
Tip of the Month
Your monthly tip to strengthen the relationships of those you serve. Share it - Post it
- Pass it on!
SLEEP. Yes, that’s the tip this month. We all know that getting
enough sleep is vital to our well-being, including our interpersonal
- Sleep impacts relationship quality: Sleep affects lots
of different areas of function. One of them is emotional regulation.
When we are sleep-deprived, we don’t regulate our emotions well and can
react to situations with less control. That reactivity without
regulation can cause inappropriate responses to our intimate partners
and work colleagues and put unnecessary strain on those relationships.
- Relationship health impacts sleep quality: Healthy
marriage provides partners with a sense of security. Among other
positive impacts, healthy relationships improve sleep quality.
SLEEP. It’s healthy for your relationship, and a healthy relationship helps you sleep. Pass it on!
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
more than 700 materials in a variety of formats including fact sheets,
research-to-practice briefs, brochures, pamphlets, training
resources, program reports or evaluations, and research materials.
Select the links below to view our featured December resources:
The Resource Center's Events Calendar offers
a listing of Resource Center events and other national, regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming
- The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness Beyond Housing 2014 Conference in New York, NY, January 15-17, 2014:
The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) has
invited service providers, practitioners, policy makers, homeless and
formerly homeless individuals, advocates, researchers, and members of
the media to submit presentation proposals for the Beyond Housing 2014
Conference in January. Conference sessions will provide an opportunity
to build bridges between service providers and policy makers, and
between practitioners and researchers, helping colleagues across the
field to imagine new and dynamic ways to reduce the impact of poverty
and homelessness on children and families. The National Resource Center
will be exhibiting at this conference.
- On January 28th, the Resource Center is convening the California Integration Institute
in San Diego, CA - a one day training event for safety-net service
providers across the State of California. Attendees will have an
opportunity to share information regarding their agencies' current
efforts to promote relationship skills; participate in facilitated
discussions regarding healthy marriage and relationship education skills
and integration strategies; and engage in consensus building and action
planning activities. This event is by invitation only. However, if you
would like more information on upcoming institutes or to organize an
event in your state or area, please contact us.
Feedback and Technical Assistance:
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please
contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to
request Technical Assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance
Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
To learn more about the Resource Center visit us at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
service providers as they integrate healthy marriage and relationship
education skills into service delivery systems as part of a
comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach designed
to promote self-sufficiency.