ESNY Spring 2018
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Healthy Lifestyles Newsletter
Tips to Spring into Health
Spring represents a new beginning. Trees are turning green and plants are blooming again. Use this time of new beginnings to bring new healthy habits into your life.
• Eat Breakfast. Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Try a bright colored fruit smoothie or a low-fat yogurt parfait with granola.
• Be Active. Incorporate enjoyable movement into your day. Aim for 30-60 minutes a day. Start with what you can do, even if it’s only 10 minutes at a time. Get your family/friends together for a walk or a game of catch.
• Stay Hydrated. Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Try replacing sugar sweetened beverages with fruit flavored water.
• Start Cooking More. Cooking meals can be
a cost-effective way to incorporate healthy eating habits. Buy a healthy cook book to improve your cooking skills and try new foods.
• Family Meals. Start having more meals as a family. Set a regular meal time and turn off all electronics. Get the kids involved in planning and cooking meals.
• Try One Meatless Meal a Week. Expand variety in your meals by incorporating plant- based proteins. Substitute meat in your recipe with vegetables, beans, or lentils.
• Watch Portion Sizes. Use MyPlate as a guide for your portions. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables and the other half, whole grain and protein.

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