Health Tips

Health Tips

In the section, you will find healthy tips to help you with your diet and fitness.

Summer Fun

June 9, 2010

Take advantage of the warmer weather to enjoy outdoor activity. Take frequent walks or swims. Do some gardening and grow your own organic veggies. Relax in the sun to help with stress. For many of us the summer temperatures are here for such a short time. Get outside and enjoy! Drink water and wear sunscreen when outside on warm days.

2010 New Year's Resolutions

January 7, 2010

Remember to make your New Year's resolutions with your health as a top priority. Take time to write down your game plan for a healthier you. Check your progress each week to ensure success. Try a food and exercise journal to track your success. Start a weight loss program with a friend or spouse for that extra support and motivation that we need.

Trick or Treat

October 23, 2009

Just a reminder to be careful to avoid extra calories around the Halloween holiday. With trick or treat candy in the house for your favorite trick or treaters it can be tempting to have a small bar or two each day. Bottom line calories count. Try to avoid the temptation by not having the candy in the house till the last minute or have someone else in the house not dieting handle all the candy. Give all the candy away so when Halloween is over no temptation is left. Pre planning is key to a successful Holiday season.

Add a few strawberries to your drink

August 3, 2009

A favorite way to jazz up your Strawberry Smoothie is to add a couple fresh strawberries. It is a great way to sneak a serving of fruit in to your day and not a lot of calories.

Take a hike!

April 16, 2009

With summer around the corner make plans for an outside walk. Enjoy the sun and scenery. Invite a friend, co worker or neighbor to walk with you. You will be surprised how the walking time goes faster with good conversation. Remember to use sunscreen!

Oops! You Did It Again!

October 10, 2008

Should you give up on your weight loss efforts? Absolutely not! Like millions of other people, you experienced a temporary relapse. While this often happens during the December holidays, it could happen any time, to anyone. So how can you get your weight loss efforts back on track?

First, don’t beat yourself up. It’s a common occurrence in the weight loss process for many people.

Second, put it in perspective. A relapse simply means you took one step backwards. Now that you recognize the setback, you can begin to take two steps forward.

Third, realize that a relapse can provide a positive opportunity to change a bad habit or pinpoint problem areas.

Fourth, remember that you need to follow your weight loss program completely–from start to finish–to get the long-term results you seek. Weight loss doesn’t end the process and neither does an occasional relapse.

Fifth, get the support you need. Talk with a weight loss buddy, a close friend, or your spouse. And don’t forget to call your counselor at the weight loss center–they’ll give you the step-by-step strategies you need to get back in the game.

Seasonal Splendor–Fruits & Veggies

October 7, 2008

With tasty temptations like corn-on-the-cob, grilled vegetables and strawberry smoothies, who can resist celebrating Fruit and Vegetable Month in September? Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this national observance aims to encourage Americans to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day to help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.
Fruits and vegetables pack in essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Plus, they’re low in calories, high in fiber, energizing, and easy to eat on-the-go. For recipe ideas, go to

Don't Fall Back Into Bad Habits

October 1, 2008

You've done the hard work, now it's time to treat your new body well. Here are a few great tips to follow so that when you look in the mirror you can say to yourself, "I look fabulous!"

As fall rolls around, the days grow shorter, the cooler weather takes hold and the cravings for hearty comfort food (like chicken pot pie) inch their way onto your plate. What can you do to avoid falling back into unhealthy eating habits and inactivity?

For starters, go back to the basics. Review the educational material you received from your center. You’ll find tips and strategies on everything from healthy snacking and smart food shopping to great menu planning and effective goal setting.

Next, you can safely cave into those comfort food cravings by enjoying some of our hearty, yet healthy entrees, such as Fettuccini Alfredo, Macaroni & Cheese and Vegetarian Sloppy Joe. Add a salad or a side of steamed vegetables to complement this high-quality protein meal.
Finally, don’t overlook the expertise of your counselor. Schedule a one-on-one session with your counselor to discuss relapse prevention strategies that fit your lifestyle.

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