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BACK TO SCHOOL AND THE BALANCING ACT

(NAPSI)-As American students head back to school, many young women may find themselves wishing for a refresher course in time management-with a focus on finding what's important to them. According to a recent survey, 80 percent of American women ages 18 to 34 are trying to achieve a higher level of life satisfaction. And according to the survey respondents, life balance and satisfaction mean going beyond fitness and exercise.

In other words, today's busy women want to have fun while focusing on improving all aspects of their lives. The question becomes, how to begin?

One way to start is by setting a few simple, attainable goals. For example, if you want to exercise more, don't try to fit a whole hour into your routine at once. Try exercising for 10 extra minutes, two to three times a week. You'll get the health benefits of being active, but you're less likely to overdo it. If you want to lose weight, realize that it's a step-by-step process. Focus on just the first few pounds, and be sure to reward yourself with a non-food-related treat when you achieve your goal.

Another tip is to get yourself organized. To help, there's a new online resource for women. The Find Your Fit by Kotex Monitor is a personal, virtual "life coach" online. Thanks to the Monitor, women are within a click of a wealth of knowledge from experts, useful tools and a variety of tips.

The Monitor was developed with the help of an advisory panel of experts, including Dara Torres, former Olympian and advisor for the Monitor's Fitness Zone and Dr. Jan Yager, sociologist, author and Friends and Family representative for the Find Your Fit by Kotex advisory board. The Monitor allows women to personalize their life balance goals across four distinct "zones"-fitness, family and friends, fun and future.

Once online, women are provided with the tools to achieve their own form of life fitness. The Monitor will actually chart how each participant incorporates the "zones" into her lifestyle. And, it further provides self-directed suggestions on how to improve in each of those areas.

To access the Monitor and meet the Zone Advisory Board members, visit www.kotex.com.

A new online resource can help make it easier for young women to organize their schedules.



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