March is National Nutrition Month!

Spring is here! And, with warm weather coming soon, there’s no better time to reevaluate your New Year’s resolutions and re-focus your efforts on healthy living! This process is not easy, but it is important especially for those of us who tend to have higher risk factors. He are some practical and easy to implement tips that will help you and your family be healthier and happier.

  1. Balance is EVERYTHING!

It’s perfectly okay to indulge in a piece of chocolate cake, or have a soda with your meal every once in a while. But you must be sure to balance the unhealthy foods that you enjoy with the healthy foods that your body needs. Keep this in mind: junk in – junk out. If you fill up on unhealthy foods all the time, your body will not be able to function to its best capacity. You need nutritious food. Don’t make eating healthy a punishment, make it a part of your everyday lifestyle. Its best to save treats as just that – treats – to be consumed sparingly. Healthy and happy can coexist!

  1. A little exercise goes a long way.

You don’t have to run a marathon or hit the gym 6 hours a day to get a good workout especially if you’re not used to being that active. Start small – take the stairs to the second or third floor instead of the elevator, window shop at the mall for an hour or two, or increase the amount of housework you do on a daily basis. If you like to dance to songs on the radio, do it more! Dancing is actually a great way to burn calories and its fun!

  1. Don’t let your doctor be a stranger.

Minorities are at higher risks for health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. These are very serious and left untreated, can have fatal results. We can do our part by keeping an eye on our health by getting regular screenings and check-ups. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about the benefits of quitting. Invite him/her to be a partner with you on your healthy lifestyle journey.