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April 1, 2016 - 10:50am -- Anonymous

It’s the time of year for new beginnings.  It’s amazing to see the trees with buds on them and the flowers in bloom.  As I travel to work I see new baby calves and hear many different song birds in the morning.  They all give a wonderful picture of spring in Wayne County.  As National Nutrition month continues for a few more days, I’d like to take a few minutes and ask a couple of questions.  

How do you feel today?  What are you doing to make your life the best it can be?  We all know that what we eat and how much activity we do, plays a large role in our overall health.  The things we do as part of our daily habits reflect not only our current health, but long term health as well.   Here are a few tips to get you started thinking.  Read through them, pick one or two to practice on a daily basis and then when you accomplish them into your routine, pick another one.  If it doesn’t work, try something else, the challenge is don’t give up!!  Each step brings us closer to being in better health by our activity and our food choices.

  • Choose daily activity.  As the weather breaks, get outside and move!  The goal would be 10,000 steps on a daily basis or at least 30 minutes of brisk activity.  The time increases if we are aiming to increase our health to 60 minutes and 90 minutes if weight loss is our goal.  Turn off the TV for 2 hours a night and find something outside to do, play ball with the kids, give gardening a try or just take a walk around the block with a neighbor.  If I have someone to partner with, I’m more likely to continue–so grab and friend or your family and go!!
  • Choose healthy recipes for meals at home.  Ask yourself, what can I change to make this better?  Maybe it’s just adding more vegetables, or decreasing the amount of salt it calls for.  Share recipes you find that are good with co-workers and friends–we are all looking for new ideas!
  • Snacks- make them count with vitamins and minerals, not just empty calories.  Reach for the fruits and whole grains to enjoy the nutritive benefits along with the fiber.  If we choose, the chocolate, remember do so in moderation, just once in a while.  Read the labels and watch the portion sizes too!
  • When dining out, look for the selections that are lower in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium.  Sometimes there are indicators on the menu, other times we may need to ask if there’s a nutritive chart available or even look them up on line before we go.
  • Choose a healthy weight.  That may mean talking with your doctor to determine specifics, but we all know if the belt is tight or the shirt doesn’t button, it’s time to take action.  Start with the tips above and realize that with the change in calories and increase in activity, then the weight will begin to drop. 

Every journey begins with a single step.  Take the first one so that you will have better health and a longer life to share with family and friends.  There’s no better time to start than when the sun is shining and there’s a spring in your step!