5 Ways To Make Better New Year’s Resolutions

Learn how you can improve your life in 2017 — and help save lives around the world.

This January, millions of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions to kick off 2017. From breaking bad habits to developing good ones, these resolutions often focus on ways to improve one’s life.

Now imagine if each of these resolutions also helped save lives in the process — like the 795 million people worldwide who go to bed hungry each night.

Here at World Food Program USA, we’d like to offer five ways to make your New Year’s resolutions better by improving the lives of others:

Salwa Abdla runs with her best friend Rajha earlier this year at the Zam Zam camp in Sudan. Both girls receive nourishing food from the World Food Programme (WFP). (©WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua)

1) Exercise More

Getting ready to go from the couch to a 5K? Why not help feed families in need by using Charity Miles, a free smart phone app that lets you earn money for your favorite charity — including WFP USA — while you walk, run or bike.

Fueled by school meals from WFP, two girls take notes during class at the Abdirahman Godyare primary school in Somalia. (©WFP/Laila Ali)

2) Write More Letters

Hoping to rediscover the lost art of letter-writing? Write to your lawmakers on WFP USA’s behalf. By speaking up, you can make sure global hunger relief remains a top priority in Congress. Remember: Your voice matters.

A Syrian refugee named Marouf eats dinner with his family at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, thanks to e-cards provided by WFP that enable him to purchase fresh groceries. (©WFP/Ellie Kealey)

3) Get More Involved

Looking for ways to engage your community or workplace? Host a WFP event or fundraiser with your friends, neighbors or coworkers. Organize a potluck or cook-off featuring regional dishes inspired by one of the 81 countries where WFP works. Share photos and stories about how WFP empowers families with good nutrition.

In Kurigram, Bangladesh, a woman named Lucky sews fabrics with a pedal-powered sewing machine — purchased with a cash grant from WFP — to earn an income to feed her family. (©WFP/Daniel N. Johnson)

4) Shop Smarter

Spend your money on socially responsible companies like UPS, MasterCard or eBay, one of WFP USA’s corporate partners. Every time you buy an item on eBay, for example, you can make a donation to WFP USA to help families in need. Or support small businesses like BeCause, a handmade jewelry shop on Etsy that supports WFP’s school meals program.

After buying groceries with a food voucher from WFP, Anayury Espinoza prepares a nutritious meal for herself and her baby, Yuilmar Nicolas, in Ecuador. (©WFP/Berta Tilmantaite)

5) Invest Better

Want to make better investments in 2017? Donate to hunger relief — one of the smartest and most affordable ways to invest in our collective future. Just 25 cents provides a nourishing meal to a hungry child. Each dollar spent on children’s nutrition generates as much as $138 in healthcare costs and increased productivity. As The Economist points out, some of the world’s leading business analysts argue that improving access to food has the biggest impact on a nation’s well-being.

If you’re looking for ways to improve yourself this year, why not help improve the world while you’re at it? Learn more by visiting wfpusa.org/help.