Healthy Habits on the Weekend

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    Limit dining out to just one meal per weekend. If something happens that you didn’t “budget” for, try to compensate. If you overindulged, plan additional activity to help offset the extra calories.      

Proposed Changes for Nutrition Facts Label

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The proposed Nutrition Facts label will emphasize the number of calories and servings per container; update % Daily Values for nutrients such as fiber and calcium; update serving sizes; list the amount of added sugars; require listing of potassium and vitamin D if present, and no longer require the labeling of Vitamins A and C.

Pizza Night

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Sound surprising? The truth is that pizza can definitely be a better choice if topped with vegetables instead of fatty meats, especially if it comes on whole grain pizza crust. Ask for extra pizza sauce. (It’s rich in phytochemicals from the tomatoes.) Serve the slices with a green salad or some fresh fruit for a more balanced, fiber- and nutrient-rich meal.

Buy Whole Foods

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Unprocessed foods are cheaper and more nutritious than processed foods.  They also give you total control over the ingredients.  Helpful Tip: Avoid anything that comes from a box 90% of the time.

Get a Good Pair of Sneakers

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Is your energy lagging?  Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re tired, exercise — even a brisk walk can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.

January is National Oatmeal Month

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Oatmeal Month occurs during January as more oatmeal is sold during January than any other month. It was originally established by Quaker’s food service. TIP: Make your oatmeal with milk instead of water for added nutrition and a luscious creamy taste!

Happy New Year!

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A new year has come and at some point we have either thought about what we want to change, improve or add to our healthy lifestyle.  Keep in mind that being focused on a couple of things at a time is more realistic than a list of things for the entire year! Here are a few suggestions: Decide what day/times of the week are best for your schedule ahead of time to be physically active Search for recipes that are healthy, tasty and easy to prepare in less… Read More →

Walk Across Texas Kicks Off in September

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Walk Across Texas! is a fun and flexible way to exercise. Just get together with seven other people – friends, neighbors, coworkers, or family member and start walking, jogging or even biking. You can walk together or individually, outside or at a mall or gym, any way that fits your schedule and lifestyle. You keep track of your miles to see if you can walk the 830 miles “across Texas” in 8 weeks. Report your totals to see how your team “measures up!” By the end of Walk… Read More →

How Much is Too Much Sodium?

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The statistics are eye-opening! Nine out of ten Americans consume too much sodium, increasing their risk for high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease or stroke. But how much salt is too much and what can you do to avoid it? Tip #1- Be aware! Do you know what the American Heart Association’s recommended daily sodium limit is? It’s 1500mg. Yet, the average American adult is consuming more than 3,400mg. By knowing the recommended limit, you can make more informed decisions about your diet. Tip #2-… Read More →

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

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The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that people: Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves. Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights and using exercises bands at least 2 days a week.