Category Archives: Make a Healthy Change

Waking up refreshed with good sleep habits

How Sleep Impacts Health

This weekend, Daylight Savings Time ended and we all set our clocks back an hour. For most people, this usually means a magical extra hour of badly needed sleep (with the unfortunate tradeoff of the sun setting at 5 o’clock). Experts recommend most adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night, but many of us are clocking less than that. Between kids, work, and screen time, almost half of adults aren’t getting enough quality sleep. And that can be bad for our health in a variety of ways. Continue reading

National Nutrition Month 2017

Put Your Best Fork Forward for National Nutrition Month

Each March we celebrate National Nutrition Month by focusing on eating smart for better health. For 2017, the theme is Put Your Best Fork Forward. Building on the idea of MyPlate, MyWins, this month is about finding small changes to our food choices one forkful at a time. Making these small changes a lasting part of your lifestyle adds up to a big impact on your health over time. Continue reading

New Years Resolutions

Secrets for Successful New Years Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions are an awesome tradition to refocus on making healthy food and activity choices. Unfortunately, most resolutions fizzle out before you get to enjoy any of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. So what can you do to make your New Year’s Resolutions stick? Keep reading for secrets on how to set and keep your New Year’s Resolutions. Continue reading

Food and exercise apps

Tech Tools for Better Health

You might not be thinking about new year’s resolutions just yet, but it’s never too early to start! The most popular resolutions each year in America are related to being more physically active, losing weight, and eating smarter. There are proven strategies to help with these resolutions, such as keeping a food diary, making SMART goals, and developing social support for new behaviors. You can use these strategies the old-fashioned way, or you can try some of the new tech tools to help you in this process. Continue reading

Foods to avoid while pregnant

5 Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

Moms-to-be want to give their babies the best start possible. Many women find they’re ready to make some healthy changes when they learn they are pregnant, especially related to the foods they eat. A healthy diet during pregnancy is very similar to the MyPlate model – lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat/nonfat dairy, while limiting added sugar and sodium. However, there are a few foods to avoid when you’re pregnant to protect your developing baby. Continue reading