Friday, September 26, 2008

Government Sponsored Websites

If you check these sites out you can learn quite a bit about getting fit, healthy and active. And not just exercise - fitting more activity into everything.

Random sampling of tips from smallstep site:

(# 5) Drink water before a meal
(# 37) Don't skip meals.
(# 79) Don't skip breakfast.
(# 88) Don't take seconds.
(# 21) Eat off smaller plates.
(# 154) Keep a bowl of cut-up vegetables in the refrigerator for snacks. Carrot and celery sticks are traditional, but consider broccoli, cucumbers, or pepper strips.
(# 53) Take small trips on foot to get your body moving.
(# 54) Play with your kids 30 minutes a day.
(# 56) Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes in your car and office.
(# 59) Choose activities you enjoy & you'll be more likely to stick with them.
(# 81) Try brown rice or whole-wheat pasta.
(# 90) Try a green salad instead of fries.
(# 109) Try a new fruit or vegetable (ever had jicama, plantain, bok choy, starfruit or papaya?)

The healthier us site has info on what you should and should not eat as well as where to find healthy recipes.

The President's challenge started as a way to get kids being active with programs for school. They've expanded it to include all age groups. If you exercise for 30 minutes a day/ 6 days a week for 6 weeks you can earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. They even give you 8 weeks to complete the 6 weeks!

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