Group offers tips for National Nutrition Month

Get Active Blair County encourages area residents to stay on track and improve their diet as a part of National Nutrition Month.

This March, Get Active Blair County offers a few tips as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to help people work healthy habits into even the busiest schedule. The tips include:

Prepare Meals Ahead of Time. Take time on Sundays to prepare meals for the week ahead. Having health food options and fruits and vegetables available for snacking can help make healthy eating easier for those with busy schedules.

Swap Soda for Water. Seventy-three percent of respondents to a recent Aetna Foundation survey believe that drinking plenty of water contributes to a healthy day. They are right. Trading your sugary soda for water can have a huge impact on your overall health. Drinking water instead of soda helps your body regulate temperature, lubricates and cushions joins, protects the spinal cord and sensitive tissues and helps prevent weight gain. It is important to make sure you’re getting the recommended amount of water each and every day, not only to avoid unnecessary sugar intake, but also to improve your overall health.

Explore Healthy Alternatives. Nearly 85 percent of Americans believe that their overall health and wellness is impacted by the foods they consume, and a vast majority of those surveyed said that eating nutritious foods is required to have a healthy day. It can be difficult to cut back on some of your favorite guilty pleasures, but there are often healthy alternatives to consider. For example, swap out potato chips with veggie chips for a healthier option. Eating healthy also doesn’t mean more time in the kitchen. Go online to find simple, quick and easy recipes that will make cooking enjoyable.

Use these simple steps to start National Nutrition Month strong and encourage your family and friends to join in.

It’s always easier when you have someone to hold you accountable.

The Blair County Planning Commission works throughout the year to increase opportunities for physical activity in the built environment.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit www

.blairplanning.org or on Facebook at Blair Planning.

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