January Calendar
What you can do this month to live more naturally

on January 1, New Year's Day. Add one new healthy food such as tofu or flaxseed to your diet. Begin a yoga or aikido class. Take a tonic such as green-tea extract or astragalus to strengthen your immunity. Resolve to live — and enjoy— the fullest possible life.

and help save a life during January, National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. You're eligible to donate blood if you're at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more. For information about blood drives near you, call 800-GIVE-LIFE or your local American Red Cross.

on January 11, National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day. Afterward, wash up with a natural cleanser and natural fiber washcloth. Or consult an ayurvedic physician for a panchakarma treatment — a detoxifying therapy designed to balance body, mind and spirit.

on January 14, National Dress Up Your Pet Day. If your Fido is a fox terrier, he might enjoy an organic cotton sweater and some toasty doggie boots. If your Fido is a feline or a filly, she might appreciate a natural wool blanket. If your Fido is a fish or a frog ... well, never mind.

Astrology isn't just a New Age trend, it's actually an ancient science that can offer insights for happiness and optimum health. To find a reputable astrologer, contact the American Federation of Astrologers at 480-838-1751 or www.astrologers.com.

on January 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Attend a march for peace. Get involved with school activities to educate children about racism. Consider how you can apply King's words, "I have a dream," to the planet, your community and your own life.

as the new year marches on. Take up Zen archery or pottery-making. Begin a study of African tribal medicine. Plan a trip to Tahiti. Visit a friend you haven't seen in ages. Take a vitamin and mineral supplement — if you don't already.

Illustrations by Mary Lynn Blasutta