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! 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 →
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 →
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.
Breakfast gives you energy to start your day. It is a simple as making a package of instant oatmeal with a half cup of skim milk, sprinkled with chopped walnuts and sprinkled with raisins. In a hurry?! Spread one tablespoon of peanut butter on a piece of whole wheat bread with slices of bananas. Go lean with protein! All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts and seeds are considered part of the Protein Group. Go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information.