physical activity

 

Move More at Farmers Markets?

Our campaign promoting the use of SNAP at farmers markets uses the tagline “Eat Smart, Move More at Farmers Markets.” But you may be wondering how can you move more at farmers markets. In our program, we encourage people to increase their physical activity in many ways, from traditional workouts to fitting in fitness during… Read more »

 

Creating an Active Lifestyle

Are your kids spending too much time in front of the television? Having a hard time getting them moving? Being active should be an important part of your child’s day. It is recommended for children to get at least 60 minutes of play everyday to be healthy. Children who move more at a young age are… Read more »

 

A Family That Plays Together Has Fun

You are your child’s first teacher. You teach them how to ride a bike, and get dressed by themselves. But as kids grow into preteens and teenagers, they look to their friends and teachers, too. Even if you feel like you are on the sidelines, you are still the coach! Teaching your kids how to… Read more »

 

You Can Change Your Body!

Hi there! My name is Julie Knopp and I am a Dietetic Intern at Virginia Tech, working this month with the Family Nutrition Program. I would like to talk to you about something near and dear to my heart: Exercise. Physical activity. How do you feel when you hear those words? Do you feel a sense… Read more »

 

Fitting In Fitness: How Being Active Throughout the Day Adds Up

I just don’t have the time to exercise. If you’re like me, it’s hard to find a full 30-45 minutes free every day to devote to hitting the gym, jogging or your preferred method of getting active. Many people, myself included, find this is one of the biggest barriers to moving more. We tend to… Read more »

 

What Do You Eat After Exercising?

Written by Kelsey Conyers Part of National Nutrition Month 2014 Do you know what to eat after exercising? Too often people assume that all the healthy foods taste bad, but there are a variety of delicious foods that are actually beneficial to consume after exercising. Do you know how important it is to eat well… Read more »

 

Eat Smart, Move More, Slim Down to Prevent Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month! Did you know that Americans eat an average of 22 teaspoons of sugar per day? This is about 3 times the recommended maximum amount! A new research study found that eating too much sugar raises your risk of heart disease. The study found that Americans who ate a lot of… Read more »

 

Prevent Diabetes by Eating Smart, Moving More and Slimming Down

I just ran across a new study today (see a video about the results here) about preventing diabetes. It found that eating whole fruit, in particular blueberries, grapes and apples, at least twice a week reduced the risk of developing diabetes. On the flipside, drinking fruit juice once a day or more increased the risk of… Read more »

 

Flex Those Muscles- Strength Training for Better Health

Recommendations As you begin to Move More, you may wonder what types of activities you should be doing to get the most benefits for your health. While walking everyday (an easy, free aerobic activity) will help you meet the general physical activity guidelines, experts recommend adding muscle strengthening activities for even greater benefits. CDC Muscle… Read more »

 

Fueling Up For Fitness

Much like gas in a car, food gives our bodies fuel for energy, growth and development. And in keeping with the automobile theme, athletes, like fancy sports cars, need the right fuel for optimal performance. There are three types of nutrients that provide the body with energy: carbohydrates, protein and fat. Our bodies rely mainly… Read more »