Exercise for the Health of It

Spring is in the air which means its time to come out of hibernation and start movin’! During April I will be promoting the Exercise Attitude Adjustment Challenge! This challenge encourages you to focus on exercising for the health of it, rather than trying to be the next olympic gold medalist! Remember-progress, not perfection-every little bit of effort counts!

We all know that the recommendation is to do 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week for optimal health. In reality, Americans only exercise for an average of 17 minutes per day. So what is slowing us down?

I believe that the key problem is exercise attitudes. Maybe you don’t have time in your busy schedule to set aside an hour for exercise. Or is it that you just can’t get yourself motivated to run on the treadmill? Many of us have unrealistic expectations about the changes we want to see to our bodies. The first step towards being physically active is an exercise attitude adjustment. Get rid of that negative thinking and turn your stroll into a skip!

Staying active is all about making it work for you and your lifestyle. Keep these three tips in mind as you race to meet your exercise goals.

1. Choose activities you enjoy. Don’t force yourself to go on a 10-mile run if that’s not your thing! It may be hard to believe, but some of the activities you probably already enjoy doing actually count as exercise. For instance, daily activities such as vacuuming, gardening, raking leaves, walking the dog, or even just picking up kids toys force us to get up and move. Personalize your exercise by discovering what makes you happy, whether that is dancing, yoga, biking, playing a sport or going for a walk with a friend. One exercise routine does not fill all!

2. Tailor your exercise to fit with your schedule. Making time for physical activity does not have to be stressful. Simple changes can make a world of difference:

  •       Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  •       Park at the far end of the parking lot or get off a stop early on the subway.
  •       Break up your exercise with a quick 15-minute morning yoga session, a 30-minute lunchtime brisk walk, and a 15-minute evening workout video- the combination is just as good as exercising for an hour straight!
  •       Multitask. Walk on the treadmill while returning phone calls in the evening or catch up on reading while on the stationary bike.
  •       On the weekends plan activities with family or friends that gets everyone moving. Organize a family bike ride, embark on a morning hike, sign up for a yoga class with a friend, or go for a swim.

3. Discover what motivates you. Whether you find a workout buddy, sign up for a group exercise class, or invest in a device to track your activity, everyone needs some sort of encouragement. Allot time for exercise on your daily calendar and make it a routine!

Your Turn to Share

Now that I’ve shared the secrets to achieving an exercise attitude adjustment I want to hear your ideas. How do you get motivated? What activities do you do to get moving? Tweet, Post, Instagram or Pin your favorite exercise tips, quotes, or activities to help others get on board!

  • Use the primary hashtag #SelfCareChallenge in your messages
  • Be sure to “follow” me on Facebook , Twitter or Pinterest. I’ll be posting motivations, tips, and responding to your questions EVERY SINGLE DAY.
  • If you have a blog, write about your experience and share those links.

Foods and Gadgets to “Fuel” Your Active Lifestyle

If you like exercise like I do, then you might also like to know how to stay energized before, during, and after your workout. When it comes to eating, the key is quality foods, quality nutrients. I also think it’s important to “train smart,” meaning push yourself when you need to and cut yourself some slack when you need to. I support heart rate training as method for customizing your program to meet your goals and current fitness level.

I was on Let’s Talk Live DC this week sharing foods and gear that will help fuel an active lifestyle. Check out my tips on hydration, pre-exercise fuel, recovery nutrition and heart rate training tips.

You can watch the full video here, or check out highlights from my segment below:

Tip #1: Fuel Up Before You Exercise

You need to eat before you workout… the same way you put gas in your car before you drive. You want carbs, which provide “quick energy” to burn during exercise and quality protein for sustained and lasting energy.

KINDI love KIND bars for “on the go” energy, because they have ingredients you can see and pronounce (like real fruit and delicious nuts)  that provide that balance of carbs and protein you are looking for. As pre-exercise fuel “on the go” you can pair a KIND Bar with a piece of fruit, or on their own they’re a great snack too.

KIND Healthy Grain “clusters” provide quality carbohydrates from five whole grains, including ancient grains like amaranth, buckwheat and quinoa. Plus, they’re a good source of fiber to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Perfect for topping yogurt or oatmeal, or even on it’s own with milk.

-1Another great pre-fuel idea for any time of day is pancakes. The only problem is they tend to be low in protein. I was thrilled to find all natural “Flap Jacked Protein Pancakes” that have the protein already in the packet — a whopping 15-17 grams protein per serving! You’ll get your dose of carbohydrate from the whole grains (like whole oats and quinoa), and the protein and fiber will keep you full for hours.

They’re convenient and easy-to-make (just add water!) Plus they’re non-GMO, have no additives and no preservatives. Not only are they full of good nutrition, but they come in 3 delicious flavors – banana hazelnut, cinnamon apple, and buttermilk. You can find them in 4 ounce and 28 ounce packages on their website at www.flapjacked.com.

Tip #2: Replenish Nutrients and Reduce Inflammation with Recovery Nutrition

Endurance exercise creates inflammation and depletes your body of carbohydrates. Recovery 8588977321303240808nutrition is important to replenish those lost nutrients and to help reduce inflammation. Tart cherry juice and dried tart cherries are packed antioxidants called anthocyanins that reduce pain and inflammation comparable to some pain medications.

I drank/ate them as part of the Red Recovery Routine when I ran NYC marathon and recovered within 2 days and was back in yoga. The juice is great on its own or in a smoothie, and I love the dried cherries in my oatmeal and in yogurt parfaits. You can get the recipe for their Red Recharger Smoothie and other tasty goodies at www.choosecherries.com.

Tip #3: Train Smart with Heart Rate Training

Whether you want to manage a healthy weight, run faster, or just be more active, using a heart rate monitor is the best, most reliable way to maximize results. Polar is the industry leader in fitness assessment technology and has a number of affordable and simple to use monitors to fit any fitness level. Whether you’re new to heart rate training and are, or RCX3_black_340x395are an endurance athlete with thousands of miles under your belt.

As a bonus, every monitor comes with access to their Smart Coaching Program that can help you with tailored training advice. Go online to see all their heart rate monitors, including the FT4 and RCX3 models. You can also join their online community, or visit PolarPersonalTrainer.com to set up your free training plan.

Tip #4: Stay Hydrated with the Right Fitness Beverage

Vita CocoWe all need to stay hydrated all day long, but it’s especially important during physical activity. Vita Coco coconut water is a great alternative to many sports drinks, especially if you aren’t out there doing endurance training. You don’t need the calories or sugar from a fitness beverage, but you need to stay hydrated. Coconut water has electrolytes (like calcium, potassium and magnesium) and only 45-60 calories per serving.

A couple of recent studies showed that replacing sports drinks with coconut water helped to decrease sugar intake and increase nutrient intake. Check out the abstracts.

I also love that it is just the water from young coconuts — simple and delicious. It’s particularly delicious in “green smoothies” because it can actually help keep them from turning brown.

Here’s a refreshing “green smoothie” recipe you can try at home:

  • 2 c. Vita Coco coconut water
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • 2 c. lightly packed spinach
  • 1 sliced green apple, skin on
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 c. ice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and whip until smooth. Serve in a cold glass.

To find Vita Coco coconut water in a store near you, visit vitacoco.com.

Disclaimer: I was compensated for my time to do this segment by Kind Snacks, Flap Jacked, Cherry Marketing Institute, Polar and Vita Coco, but was not compensated to write this post.

Naturally Fuel Your Fitness Routine!

I was back on Let’s Talk Live this week sharing a plethora of ways you can naturally fuel your fitness routine. Over 60% of DC residents are active, and as I always say — if you can’t fuel it, you can’t do it! So, check out highlights from the segment and maybe you’ll find a new pre- or post-fuel idea for your next workout.

Watch the entire segment here:

For this week’s segment, I worked with recipes that are made from Pure Canadian Maple Syrup which is 100% natural and rich in carbohydrates that provide our bodies the energy we need before workouts. Just remember to check the label and make sure it says “100% maple syrup”. Most of the “pancake” brands actually use high fructose corn syrup and don’t have the same vitamins and minerals. I also shared tips for protein-rich foods like smoothies and pistachios that can be great for recovery nutrition by helping our muscles repair themselves after a workout.

Step 1 — Fill Your Body’s “Gas Tank” With Carbs 

Carbs give your body quick energy so you can go the distance — check out these great pre-fuel ideas:

  • Pre-Workout Rice Pudding: Try this pre-fuel rice pudding with pure maple syrup and berries.  It’s got the right balance of carbs and protein for workouts. You can have it warm or cold and is a cinch to put together. Because the maple syrup is unprocessed, it contains beneficial vitamins and minerals, including potassium, an electrolyte that helps regulate fluid balance and normal muscle function.

  • Anytime Maple Energy Squares: These maple energy squares are another good choice for fueling your workout — either before or after. They’re a great “make ahead” item, and have nutritious oats, eggs, sunflowerseeds, almonds, coconut, dried fruit, and Canadian maple syrup, which contains 54 different antioxidants.  Exercise increases “oxidative stress” which can lead to cell damage so the antioxidants help protect our cells.

  • No Time to Cook? No Problem! If you’re short on time before a workout, you can always opt for fruit like bananas, apples, and pears. They’re nature’s perfect on-the-go foods and are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Step 2: Hydrate As You Go

Most people can drink plain water throughout their workouts and be totally fine. Sports drinks are meant more for endurance athletes (think marathon runners) or team sports with lengthy practices. Aim for about half a cup of fluids every 20 minutes of exercise.

Step 3: Mend Those Muscles With Carbs and Protein

Smoothies are great after a workout because the carbs in them help replace what you burned so you aren’t as sore afterwards. The protein they contain helps repair and rebuild muscle tissue. Canadian maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese and zinc, two minerals that are vital for muscle recovery. It also contains the electrolyte potassium that helps with normal muscle function. You can get these nutrients in the Fruity Maple Refueler Shake that I make with strawberries, bananas, quick cooking oats, Greek yogurt, and maple syrup.

Lowfat chocolate milk is another great recovery option if you don’t have time to make a smoothie — it has a good mix of carbs and protein too.

Step 4: Smart Snacks and Meals

I love recommending pistachios as a nutritious and easy on-the-go snack.  Wonderful Pistachios are one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat, and highest fiber nuts. And they have protein, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which are important for recovery nutrition.

Wonderful Pistachios on Let’s Talk Live set

Plus, you can’t beat the serving size — 49 kernals!! 1 serving has 300mg of potassium which is way more than a sports drink (only 30 mg potassium in sports drinks). Reach for roasted and salted pistachios to replenish the sodium/potassium you lose during your workout.

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For meals, I like to keep it really simple and use whole foods – quality ingredients. This is something you can do for lunch and dinner. Combine any 2 non-starchy veggies – cucumbers and tomatoes, and 1 type of bean – chickpeas, any one type of lean protein – tuna , one herb – flat leaf parsley, any one fat – feta cheese. All you do is mix up these ingredients, and add some fresh lemon or vinegar.

You have a simple, healthy meal ready in no time, it’s packed with nutrients, and will keep you fueled all day long.

What are your favorite “go-to” pre-fuel and recovery snacks?

Disclaimer: I worked with Pure Canadian Maple Syrup and Wonderful Pistachios as part of the TV segment. I was not compensated for this post.

Women — Let’s Put Wellness on the Front Burner! 4 tips For Better Self Care

D.C. women lead busy and often hectic lives. Sometimes we put our wellness needs on the ‘back burner’. So what I went on Let’s Talk Live yesterday to share some simple reminders for how we can take better care of ourselves. I was excited to get to work with the Quaker and Tri Lamb folks on this segment.

1. Get Whole Grains at Breakfast

Studies show being crunched for time can take a toll on eating wholesome meals, in particular when it comes to breakfast. The temptation might be to reach for something “easy” like a bagel or pastry, but I really like these new Quaker Real Medleys oatmeal. They are portable, portion controlled, delicious and nutritious. Hearty rolled oats and multi-grains with real fruit or crunchy nuts already in the container so all you do is add hot water or pop it in microwave with water. Each serving offers at least 30 grams of whole grains and a good or excellent source of fiber (containing 3-8 grams fiber),which helps manage a healthy weight.

2. Get Lean Protein for Lean Muscles

Choose lamb—it’s a nutrient-packed powerhouse. On average, a 3 oz. portion of lamb is only 175 calories and naturally nutrient rich. It’s packed with essential nutrients such as protein, B-vitamins, and iron. Women need over twice the iron than men. If you don’t get enough iron you could have low energy and can even develop anemia, an iron deficiency.

  • The last thing a busy woman wants is to get sick. Lamb also supports a healthy immune system. Lamb contains a significant amount of nutrients essential for immune function: zinc, selenium, protein, and iron.
  • Visit www.leanonlamb.com for great lamb recipes that your family will love. Lamb kebobs are one of my favs!

3. Reach for smart snacks

Calcium rich foods are important for strong bones. 80% of people with osteoporosis are women. Women need 1000 mg of calciuma day – that’s like three servings of dairy foods or calcium fortified foods.

  • I love greek yogurt, cheeses (goat, feta, cheddar), and low fat cottage cheese as snacks.
  • Collard greens, kale, broccoli, bok choy are all plant based sources of calcium as well.
  • Get your berries – strawberries, blueberries, cherries, etc. all contain high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C. Vitamin C allows you to keep collagen in your skin so it stays health and supple.

4. Schedule time for exercise

Exercise gives you energy, helps reduce stress, helps you sleep better, and helps lower your risk for chronic disease.

  • Less than half of women over 18 meet therecommendations for physical activity. At a minimum we should be getting 2.5 hours a week just to maintain health. Get 5 hours if you want to see substantial improvement.
  • During work week – 20 minute walk breaks – walk the stairwell, do laps around the office, hit the work gym for 20 minutes of weights and still have time for lunch. Or get up early and start your day witha heart pumping workout.

So ladies, how do you fare at these health tips? Which ones would you like to share with other busy women??

Smart Marathon Training Event in Washington, DC!

I am so excited to be joining Jeff Horowitz at the Water Street Gym this Sunday, February 12, 2012 for the Smart Marathon Training book event! Jeff Horowitz is not only a great friend, but he is a great author and ultra-marathoner, as well! Join us, and hear me dish out some great advice about sports nutrition! Pack in the most benefits to your training program, while enjoying tons of complimentary services!

Here’s the info:

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Place: Water Street Gym, 3255 K Street, Washington, DC 20007

Contact: Tel: (202) 812 – 5050 or E-mail: Trish@Waterstreetgym.com

Launching TrainSmart DC Comprehensive Marathon and Half Marathon Training

Are you one of those people who has talked about running a marathon, half marathon, or even a 10 miler, but doesn’t know how to get started? Or maybe you’ve run races before, but feel like you might not be performing at your personal best? I am SUPER excited about this new program I’m offering alongside 2 uber-talented trainers and athletes Jeff Horowitz and Kevin Maggs. Come Rock D.C. with us at the Rock and Roll USA Marathon and Half Marathon, March 17, 2012 — or join us and we’ll help you train for your favorite spring race!

Train Smart D.C. is an 8 week comprehensive program by the best and brightest in running coaching, sports nutrition, and injury prevention.

Your Coaches

  • Jeff Horowitz, USA Track & Field Coach, USA Cycling Coach, USA Triathlon Coach, Road Runners Club of America, AFAA (weight-training specialization).
  • Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, ACSM Health Fitness Specialist
  • Kevin Maggs, B.S., D.C., ART

We’re coming together to help you get to the finish better, faster, and smarter!

This innovative program eliminates junk miles, paring down training to three essential runs per week, adding essential nutrition principles to fuel for the finish, and adding gait analysis for technique improvement and injury prevention.

Runners will train for their best performance in less time and avoid the burnout that come from running too much.

Registration Registration Fee of $499 includes:

  • 45 minute individualized video gait analysis with Kevin to focus on improved performance and/or injury prevention.
  • Sports nutrition fueling plan. Individual 60-minute consultation with Rebecca to develop a customized nutrition plan.
  • Specialized full or half marathon training plan with Jeff.
  • Weekend group training. Don’t like running alone? No problem! Join the group for our 9 a.m. runs on Saturdays/Sundays leaving from Dupont Circle, Georgetown, or Bethesda. Each run will start with a brief “team talk” on important topics related to training preparation and racing. Schedule forthcoming.
  • Copy of Smart Marathon Training Jeff’s new book that shows runners how to eliminate junk miles and cross train to prevent injury.
  • Weekly email with training, nutrition, and injury prevention tips.
  • Discounts on 2012 races and local running store offers.
  • Free training swag.

To register, visit trainsmart.eventbrite.com or for more information, visit trainsmartdc.com.

AreYou a Healthy Woman?

I’m attending blogger 11 in San Diego. I’m here wearing many “faces”. I’m a blogger, registered dietitan, and speaker. But lately, I think my most important role is an organizer. I’m a passionate advocate for self-care, making sure every day there is time for “me”. We do so much for everyone else that we tend to fall off our own to-do list. Am I right?

Been there, Done That
This is how I lived most of my life. “is everyone happy? What can I do for you? Yes. Yes. Yes. Of course. Yes. Ok!” What I learned is that I did a lot despite my willingness to focus on me. I was young but felt old. Tired. I wanted to change things. So I did one step at a time.That was Over a decade ago. I changed my perceptive and changed my life. A the end of the day, we can’t be our most “successful” in life – however you define it – without meeting our needs first.

#mefirst
enter my passion project. I started blogging and tweeting about important ways of fitting in self-care. I’m all over twitter using the #mefirst hash…and I’m not alone.

I started a blog and am growing a community at http://www.mefirstblog.com mefirstblog the premise is simple. It’s a daily remind to take care of you. If you want more energy. If you want to feel better. If you want to be healthier. You will get that if you focus on three areas — food, movement, and fun. Get rid of any guilt for being more self-focused. There is nothing selfish about selfness. You are leading by example letting people know that you matter.

Healthy Women
I found a great website and new app at BlogHer11 called healthy women. This is a great place to get expert info, resources, and motivation for medical appointments, check ups and preventative health care you deserve.

Check out both these resources and tell someone else you care about. We can only take others as far as we have gone. The question is: how far are you willing to go?

Special #MeFirst Twitter Chat w/ @ChooseCherries and @ScritchfieldRD

We all know that an important part of the “Me” movement is setting aside time for taking care of YOU. If you’re exercising (and I hope you are) then you need to fuel that exercise with good nutrition before and after your workout. May is National Runners Month — but even if you don’t run you will benefit from learning how to optimize your performance (and maximize health benefits) from fueling well.

The Cherry Marketing Institute is sponsoring a special #MeFirst Twitter party with sports nutritionist (and ultra marathoner) Rebecca Scritchfield, RD (that’s me!) on Monday, May 16 at 8:30 p.m. EST to talk about how your body’s “fuel” plays a key role in managing post-exercise muscle pain and soreness – especially anti-inflammatory foods, like tart cherries.

Studies show that cherries contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins – responsible for cherries bright RED color — that may help the body recover more effectively after a tough workout. And this is just my opinion, but they taste GREAT too! I love them in oatmeal pre-workout and the juice is a smart foundation for your recovery smoothie.

Join the Twitter party and learn more helpful tips and where to find great-tasting recipes to fuel the body for performance. Best of all, you’ll have a chance to win awesome prizes. Who doesn’t love prizes?!

So, the #mefirst check-in: nutrition? check. exercise? check. fun? double check!! There’s something #mefirst for everyone on this Twitter chat. Even if you can only pop by for a few minutes, I hope to see you there!

* Be sure to follow @ScritchfieldRD and @ChooseCherries with #MeFirst and #RedRecovery on Monday, May 16 at 8:30 p.m. EST to participate!

* Add your Twitter handle to the comments section to RSVP and add your name to one of the prize drawings. The prizes are various “cherries” packages, which @ChooseCherries will award during and after the Twitter chat.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Diet Therapy

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal disorder, affecting approximately 5%-10% of all females. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that involves multiple tissues and organ systems within the body, and is believed to be fundamentally caused by insensitivity to the hormone insulin Diet and Nutrition play a large role in treatment of this disorder, and food is medicine in this disease state. Registered Dietitians can help to maintain weight, and alleviate some of the symptoms by adjusting diet and lifestyle choices. Here are some important things to remember if you have been diagnosed with PCOS:

Signs and Symptoms:

According to MayoClinic the symptoms often begin soon after menarche, but it can also develop later in life. Infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity can all occur in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Additionally, PCOS is also the most common cause of female infertility.

Insulin resistance occurs frequently in those with PCOS, meaning the body cannot use insulin effectively to regulate blood sugar. This can result in high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes. The long-term complications are quite serious and include heart disease and stroke. Compared with women of a similar age who don’t have polycystic ovary syndrome, women with PCOS are more likely to be overweight or obese.

When to see a doctor

Early diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome may help reduce your risk of long-term complications. Talk with your doctor if you have menstrual irregularities — such as infrequent periods, prolonged periods or no menstrual periods — and have excess hair on your face and body or acne. Regular checkups are key to timely diagnosis. Find a medical professional that specializes in PCOS here

Treatment:

There is no cure to PCOS, but there are methods to control it and reduce the risk including:

  • Weight control
  • regular exercise
  • healthy diet
  • not smoking

Lifestyle modification through diet is an effective and important part of the treatment for PCOS. There is no doubt that making changes to your eating can result in weight loss, improved fertility, and overall improvement in health. Obesity makes insulin resistance worse, and weight loss can reduce both insulin and androgen levels and restore ovulation. Exercise also helps lower blood sugar levels, so should be part of your daily regime.  A Registered Dietitian would be able to help you create a meal plan for optimal health; find one near you!

While PCOS is a serious condition, through behavior and lifestyle modifications the symptoms can be treated and reduced. Registered Dietitians are here to help you become a healthier you! Newly diagnosed? Check out the MayoClinic or PCOS Support pages.

Do you or anyone you know have PCOS? What has been some of your experiences and what role did you find diet played?

How Fit is Your City? D.C. is Healthiest City in America

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently published their 2010 list of the fittest major cities in the United States. The full list ranks 50 major metropolitan areas in America – where does your city fit in with fitness?

The ACSM has listed the following cities as the top ten healthiest in the United States: Washington D.C., Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle, Portland (Oregon), Denver, Sacramento, San Francisco, Hartford, and Austin.

According to the press release from ACSM, “characteristics of the D.C. area that helped it achieve the top ranking are a relatively low smoking rate, a higher-than-average percentage of folks eating the recommended daily serving of fruits and vegetables, and lower-than-average rates of chronic health concerns such as obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”

The press release also goes on to say that “D.C.-area residents also use public transportation regularly, meaning they are likely to walk to and from their places of work or transit stations. Also, the area of parkland as a percentage of the city’s land area is significant, providing residents with lots of space to run, bike, play sports or take a leisurely walk.”

ACSM ranks metropolitan areas based on their AFI – or American Fit Index – which takes into consideration access to healthcare, health insurance coverage, education, parks and recreation systems and programs, prevalence of chronic disease (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes), public policy dedicated to healthcare and prevention, and economic situations.

The lowest cities ranked on the list were New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Louisville, Detroit, Memphis, and Birmingham, with Oklahoma City ranking last. These cities have traditionally higher rates of obesity and high unemployment rates in the recent economic climate.

Regardless of where you live, you can make the most out of your health and fitness goals by following the tips below. While it may be inspiring to those of you residing in one of the top ten fittest places in America, do not be discouraged if your city ranks at the bottom of the list. Here are some tips for staying healthy despite your living conditions.

1. Take advantage of annual medical physicals and preventative healthcare. If you are insured, make sure to visit your doctor annually and follow through with any preventative measures he or she may suggest for your age group

2. Use your environment to your advantage. Bike along forest trails, climb mountains, stroll along the beach, run along the city streets, kayak in the river, or walk your dog at the park. Utilize whatever you can in your environment to get and stay active – whether you live in a bustling city, a small rural town, a mountain village, or down by the beach.

3. Eat a healthy and nutritionally-balanced diet. You are what you eat, and you have the power to control what you consume. Your eating habits and body weight play a major role in the onset of chronic disease such as – but not limited to – cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension.

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