New year, new you: food and fitness can make the difference
With the start of the New Year, I like to think of January not as a time to make New Year’s resolutions, but more of a time to set New Year’s goals! It is very common for people to make resolutions that focus on losing a certain amount of weight or increasing the amount of exercise they do every day. These are great aspirations, but they can be difficult to achieve and maintain over time, and can lead to disappointment if they aren’t attained. You can really make a positive impact on your overall health and wellness by focusing on these three simple goals:
- Try new foods! Eating recipes that include more nutrient-rich foods, like low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins will help you get the nutrition you need to stay healthy and strong. National Dairy Council has a collection of great recipes that will help you get started!
- Move more! This doesn’t mean that you need to go to the gym for 30-60 minutes every day. This can be done by taking a 15 minute walk during your lunch hour, taking the stairs to your next meeting, parking at a distance from the store so you take more steps each day or even dancing to music between commercials.
- Make it fun! The saying, “Everything’s better with a friend by your side,” is the perfect way to maintain health, and you can do this by working out with friends, cooking with your family, and eating meals with your kids, just to name a few.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends choosing foods that provide more potassium, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamin D, which are identified as nutrients lacking in Americans diets. Foods that provide these nutrients include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and milk and milk products. A great thing to remember is that milk is the number one food source of calcium, potassium and Vitamin D.
To learn more ways to reach your nutrition and physical activity goals for 2013, please visit www.choosemyplate.gov!