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7 tips for staying healthy this winter

Getting off track with healthy eating and exercise in colder weather can happen. Choosing one or two of these ideas to work on each week can help you stay on track. It will feel great to do something good for your body and your health. Small changes can make a big difference.

Here are some of my favorite healthy ideas to get you going:

  1. Have a plan for exercise over the winter. Try walking indoors on a treadmill or bundle up and go outside. Don’t let the cold weather be an excuse not to stay active. Have a plan and stick to it. Be active by enjoying outdoor activities such as going for a hike or playing in the snow with the family.
  2. Eat breakfast every day. Eating in the morning helps reduce hunger and prevents overeating later in the day. A healthy breakfast replenishes your body and can have a positive impact on health. It’s a good idea for kids, too; The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that kids who eat a healthy breakfast are more apt to have better concentration, alertness and are more active.
  3. Have a healthy meal together as a family. Plan meals ahead of time and make a shopping list. Make time to go to the grocery store so you will have the right foods on hand to make nutritious meals. Get a calendar and write down a few meal ideas. Try to remember to make meals with at least 3 to 5 food groups.
  4. Choose foods with nutrient density. These are foods that have the most nutrients in the smallest amount of calories. Examples: whole-grain pieces of bread and cereals, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products.
  5. Enjoy all your favorite foods. Portion control is the key. Try using a smaller plate or bowl and savor the flavor.
  6. Drink water instead of soda, juice, or other sugary beverages.
  7. Get some rest and relaxation. Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Adequate sleep can help you feel energized and recharged.

Remember, take time to be good to yourself this winter season.

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