Health & Wellness
Diet & Exercise
Eating more fruits and veggies matters when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight—and it may even reduce your family’s risk of many diseases. Every step towards getting more physical activity also matters in weight management and overall health. You can help your family be at their best by encouraging a balance of diet and exercise!
Choosing healthier foods, such as fruits and vegetables instead of higher fat, higher calorie foods, and getting regular physical activity can help to:
- Prevent gaining unwanted pounds, if you are already at a healthy weight
- Lose pounds to reach a healthy weight, if you are currently overweight
- Maintain a healthy weight after weight loss
- Reduce your risk of many diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, high total cholesterol, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis and certain types of cancer
- Whether maintaining your current weight or losing a few pounds is your goal, be sure to include plenty of fruits and veggies in your diet.
- Fruits and vegetables are low-calorie-density foods, which mean you can eat more of them than you can of many other foods.
- Many fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, which can help you feel fuller, faster. This can help lower the number of calories you eat, because you stop eating sooner.
Physical Activity - Get Going!
Physical activity is essential to good health. Every step taken toward getting more physical activity and eating more fruits and vegetables helps your family be at their best. Regular physical activity helps kids develop strong bones and muscles, may reduce risk for health problems later in life, and promotes self-confidence and a positive self-image.
According to Dietary Guidelines for Americans:
- Children and teenagers should be physically active for 60 minutes most days, or preferably all days of the week.
- Adults should be physically active at a moderate intensity at least 30 minutes most days of the week; to prevent weight gain, make it approximately 60 minutes.
- Regular physical activity may make it easier to control weight and manage stress. Think of exercise as something you want to do instead of something you have to do. Choose something you or the whole family enjoys, start slowly, and gradually build up…and include fruits and veggies in your active lifestyle.
- Take a family hike or bike ride
- Join the local YMCA or recreation center
- Go in-line skating or ice-skating
- Turn on some tunes and dance