As the temperature gets warmer, it’s time to get active – and there’s no better time to do it than National Sports and Fitness Month. This May, Americans are reminded to get up, get out and get active during this month of awareness and education. The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award is just one of many ways you can motivate yourself to take steps toward a healthy lifestyle. With an award at the end, why not take the PALA+ challenge yourself?
Congratulations! You’ve survived another holiday season with all its chaos, cookies and candy canes. Did you stress yourself out this year? Did you catch the cold or flu bug that is floating around? Did you eat way too much fudge – again?
It’s easy to get off track with your health and wellness during the long – and temptation filled – holiday season. With plenty of sugar to go around, late nights with friends and family and way too much to do, it’s no wonder that your jogging habit or drawer full of leafy green vegetables have gone by the wayside.
While we all dream of having home-cooked, healthy meals and being able to cook them amazingly, it’s just not possible all the time. Whether you’re frequently finding yourself picking up drive-thru or just eating on the run in an emergency, here are some strategies that you can use to cut calories, improve nutrition and feel better.
How many fruits and vegetables should I eat each day? That’s a great question – and the answer depends on who you are, how old you are and how much you weigh. Recommended daily amounts can range from 1 cup of fruits and 1 cup of vegetables for 2-3 year olds to 2 cups of fruits and 3 cups of vegetables for grown men.
While it used to be that “5 A Day” was enough for fruits and vegetables according to government standards, now the CDC is encouraging people to eat “more” of it all. The “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters” campaign is a reminder that adults and kids need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to get the nutrients that they need.
High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer.” Once you have been diagnosed with this condition, it needs to be taken very seriously. Your doctor may recommend that you make changes to your diet to try to bring it down to a healthier level or may prescribe medication and recommend that you follow a healthier diet.
The latest fad diet is all the talk around the water cooler lately — after all, it helped your co-worker lose 15 pounds like magic. It sounds easy enough, that you’ve even considered giving it a shot. Although that fad diet may help you shed a few pounds pretty fast, in the long run, they tend to lose their oomph.
Whether you will be hosting a Superbowl party this year or just making snacks for your own family and you want to serve something healthy, one approach you can take is to serve lightened-up versions of foods that you know your friends and family members will enjoy. You can still have the types of foods that you are looking forward to on Superbowl Sunday, but with a slight twist. You may not even notice much of a difference.