Make a Healthy Change

Resetting Your Resolutions

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Don’t want to talk about it, huh? While it’s great that so many people are excited about making healthy changes at the same time, resolution enthusiasm fades quickly. Old habits creep back in and most people give up on resolutions within a few weeks. But if you’re still… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

 

Small Shifts for Heart Health

We’ve talked about the basics of smart choices for heart health before. In a nutshell, Eat Smart in line with MyPlate, Move More to get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week, and maintain a healthy weight. But knowing what to do is the easy part. Actually making those changes are where a… Read more »

 

#MyPlateMyWins to Eat Smarter

Last week, we recapped the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new edition is very similar to older versions. The most significant change is a new limit on added sugar to less than 10% of calories. We’ve encouraged people to cut back for years, but are happy to finally see an official recommendation. Although the… Read more »