12 Tips for a Healthy You
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Tip #1. Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
After a long nights sleep it is important to refuel. Some ideas for quick, healthy breakfast: Peanut butter on toasted whole-grain bread, yogurt with fruit, cheese slices on toast, and fruit on cereals.
Tip #2. Eat a variety of foods.
Your body needs nutrients and many different vitamins and minerals from a variety of foods. Balancing food choices from the Food Guide Pyramid and checking nutrition labels will help you to get the nutrients you need
Tip #3. Get moving....don’t be a couch potato
Walk, bike or jog when going somewhere. Climb stairs instead of taking an escalator. Try to do something active for a total of 1 hour every day
Tip #4. Participate in activities you enjoy.
Always start with warm-ups to get the muscles going. Do 20 minutes of an aerobic activity followed by activities that will make you stronger like push-ups or sit-up
Tip #5. Choose healthy snacks.
It is wise to choose snacks from different food groups. Some choices would be: graham crackers, an apple or celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins. Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day
Tip #6. Include whole grains and fiber in your diet.
Try breads such as whole-wheat, bagels and pita. Spaghetti and oatmeal are also good choices
Tip #7. KIDS: Participate in physical activities at school.
This would include physical education and sports. It will make you feel good about yourself
Tip #8. Drink plenty of water.
Make sure you drink a total of 8 glasses of water each day. That can include the water from foods such as fruits
Tip #9. Include others in your activities.
Take a dog for a walk. Walk or workout with a friend.
Tip #10. Having FUN is important.
Try new things, this can be in activities or food. Never be afraid to try....who knows you might just like it. And your body will thank you in the end
Tip #11 Cut screen time
Cut screen time to less than 2 hours each day. This includes time watching TV and computer time. Get moving instead (tip #3)
Tip #12 Limit sweetened beverages
Restrict sugar-sweetened beverages including sports beverages and fruit drinks with a goal of 0 per day.
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