Eat healthy and make exercise part of your routine.
You really are what you eat. And it’s no secret that living a healthy lifestyle can have some important health benefits.
Adding physical activity and more fruits and vegetables to your daily routine not only reduces your risk for such chronic diseases as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, but also enhances your physical and emotional well-being. So start making healthy choices — your life depends on it. Download monthly goal-setting calendars with daily health tips.
Increase your steps. Lower your risk.
- Pick activities you like doing, such as walking, biking, or dancing.
- Start by doing at least 10 minutes of activity at a time.
- Build up to 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Research says, it doesn’t even have to be all at once to be impactful.
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Take a post-meal walk around the block.
- Park farther away to get in extra steps.
Daily food choices can make a huge difference in your overall health.
- Eat more whole grains, such as wheat, not “enriched” bread, and brown rice.
- Eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits every day.
- Avoid eating high-fat dairy products and look for lower-fat options.
- Eat more fish.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Avoid solid-fat foods like butter, cream, and shortening.
- Limit your consumption of grilled meats.
- Limit your consumption of processed deli meats.
ChooseMyPlate.gov is a great online resource to help you make good eating choices.
To maintain a healthy weight, follow the recommendations of the 5-2-1-Almost None Formula:
- Eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day. They fight disease and are full of natural energy.
- Limit yourself to no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computers, and gaming).
- Get at least 1 hour of physical activity each day.
- Drink almost no sugary beverages.
Map out a better lifestyle.
Explore our Healthy Lifestyle Map to find:
- Places to get healthy and stay active, including the nearest public parks and gyms
- Local farmers’ markets where fresh produce is sold
- Healthy recipes you can download
- Information on free cancer screenings
Visit our blog for recipes as well as tips on eating right and staying active.
Need help buying healthy food for your children?
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program provides nutritional aid to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers (or non-breastfeeding mothers who have delivered a child within the last six months), as well as to children and infants who are less than 5 years old, reside in Delaware, and have a nutritional risk. Applicants must meet income guidelines.
Call 800-222-2189 or 2-1-1 toll-free for more information.
Time is often listed as the most significant barrier to being physically active. Between work, time with family and friends, having a social life, maintaining a house, and everything in between, finding time to be active can be extremely difficult. However, if you’re resourceful, you can find nontraditional ways to incorporate more fitness into your daily routine, without a visit to the gym.Read Full Post