Author Archives: Austin Brooks

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How to Budget for Feeding Your Family

Budgeting for meals is an extremely important part of managing a household. But how do you know what a good amount is for your family? There are a few shortcuts to help you set a food budget that meets the MyPlate recommendations, evaluate the cost of recipes, and save money at the grocery store. Continue reading

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Workouts for Beginners

Many people set goals to increase their physical activity in the new year. With so few Americans meeting the recommended amount of physical activity, this is a great lifestyle change to make. And it’s never too late to get more active to feel better, have more energy, and live healthier. However, you don’t want to make the mistake of jumping in too fast. You’ll likely feel sore and it increases the risk of injury. You’re more likely to stick with it by starting with shorter workouts and building up how long, how often, and how hard you exercise over time. Here are some workout plans for beginners to help you get started.
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Make a Plan to Change

Just because you’ve set resolutions for the new year doesn’t mean that you’ll magically accomplish them. Yes, framing your resolutions as SMART goals will help, but then what? Your habits are fairly set at this point and we’re creatures of habits and routines. You need a plan to change from what you’re currently doing to what you want to do. So where do you start? Continue reading

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New Year, New Healthy Habits

Whether you want to set a typical New Year’s Resolution, or just continue to improve your eating and activity habits, January is a good time to make a change. There’s lots of energy and social support for developing healthy habits. And most people are feeling ready to eat smarter and move more after the holiday season. Here are three tips to help you form healthy habits in the new year. Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Ideas to Eat Smart and Move More

‘Tis the season of gift-giving. Exchanging presents with family and friends helps us create stronger bonds, as we get an emotional boost from giving (and receiving) gifts. Sometimes it’s easy to pick the perfect present, but other times you’re left with the stress of not knowing what to give. Because we here at the Family Nutrition Program live and breath healthy lifestyles, our holiday gift guide is all about eating smart, moving more, and feeling better! Continue reading