Healthy swaps don’t have to be big changes. Instead, set realistic goals for yourself and your family that will add up to a healthy lifestyle. Love a chicken sandwich? Try a healthy swap by ordering grilled chicken over fried and opting for a side of fruit instead of French fries. Too cold outside for a walk? Make physical activity a family event with an indoor obstacle course or a dance party in the kitchen to your family’s favorite music. A healthy lifestyle isn’t about giving up the things you love, it’s just about making a few healthy changes.
“Unrealistic goals can be overwhelming and hard to achieve,” said Nichelle Slavens, wellness coordinator. “Each day, try making a simple change, even if it’s small like five more minutes of movement or trying a new fruit or vegetable. Small changes add up to a healthier you.”
Need some ideas on easy swaps to make this New Year? Here are some ideas that can really make a difference:
Eating whole grain cereals instead of sugary cereals
Trying a whole wheat bagel instead of a cinnamon roll
Moving during TV commercial breaks instead of sitting still
Drinking water instead of soda (or other sugary drinks)
Snacking on unsalted mixed nuts instead of sugary candy
Taking a walk break instead of a smoke break
Taking more family walks while talking about ideas for healthy meal options
Cooking healthy meals together as a family (get the kids involved)
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