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New Year, Healthier You

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As we ring in the New Year, many people make resolutions. One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight and become healthier. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising are key for everyone. You can incorporate simple physical activities and healthy eating tips into your routine to ensure you and your entire family enter 2018 a little healthier and remain so throughout the year.  The following are a few suggestions to help you be successful.

You can learn more about nutrition by visiting the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website: www.choosemyplate.gov. The USDA’s MyPlate program helps you find your healthy eating style and maintain it. The site has information on menus, meal plans, and healthy eating on a budget. Another great resource to find healthy recipes is the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Find recipes by visiting: https://healthyeating.nhlbi.nih.gov/

According to the Florida Department of Health, adults need a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous, physical activity each week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists some of the benefits of exercise as weight control, reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduction in the risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, strengthening your bones and muscles, and improvement in a person’s mental health and mood. Read more about the benefits of physical activity by visiting the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm

Begin your healthy year with something simple such as a brisk walk, aquatic therapy, or seated volleyball to be more active. You can also get involved with the Special Olympics Florida, the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, or another organization in your area.

Make sure you talk to your doctor about changes you want to make to your diet or physical activity prior to beginning.

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