New Year, New Healthier You!

A new year means new opportunities to be a healthier, happier you. Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your New Year’s resolutions:

  • New year resolutionsEat FIVE or more fruits and vegetables a day by including one serving at every meal and for snack times in between. If you don’t have access to fresh produce, canned or frozen works too! Look for vegetables with no added salt and choose fruits canned in their own juice, not syrup. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Just because it’s not love at first bite doesn’t mean you should give up. It can take seven to 10 tries to like a new food.
  • Limit yourself to TWO hours or less of recreational screen time each day. On average, children spend more than seven hours per day using TVs, computers, phones, and other electronic devices for entertainment. Too much screen time has been linked to obesity, behavioral and social problems, low grades, and reduced physical activity. 
  • Engage in ONE hour or more of physical activity every day. Did you know that less than 50 percent of the time spent in sports practice, games, and physical education class involves moving enough to be considered physical activity? That means you need to move more at home and on weekends. Break physical activity down into shorter blocks of time and remember that all movement counts towards your goal—take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk the dog, or turn on your favorite song and dance.
  • Consume ZERO sugary drinks. Instead, fuel your body with low-fat milk or water. If you’re not a fan of the way H2O tastes, try adding a slice of citrus fruit or infusing your water with apples, berries, or kiwis. Just cut up your fruit of choice, drop it in a pitcher or a glass of water, and drink. You can also incorporate more water-rich foods into your diet like yogurt, grapefruit, spinach, broccoli and watermelon—all of which have a water content of 85 percent or more. 

Now that you’ve set goals for the year ahead, take a moment to look back at the accomplishments and special moments that made 2017 memorable. Download the YEAR IN REVIEW activity sheet. Fill it out, snap a photo and email it to kidsclub@coj.net to be featured on our website.