The warmer months are a great time to pick up new healthy habits. With longer days and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in season, itâ€™s easier to fit in physical activity and savor colorful, healthy meals with family and friends.
To help make these habits last a lifetime, the Weight-control Information Network (WIN), a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, offers these ideas:
- Boost the flavor and nutrition of your meals with dry herbs.
- Shop for food with your family. Get their help with fixing a meal. Remind them that it is important for everyone to eat healthy foods.
- Start a small garden in your yard or in a community garden.
- Choose water workouts and make a splash as you get fit and strong.
- Plan a weekend hike through a park, a family softball game, or an evening walk around the neighborhood.
These tips and more are in the flyers â€œBeing Healthy Is a Big Dealâ€ and â€œDonâ€™t Take a Vacation From Your Healthy Habits This Summer.â€ Contact WIN for your copy to put on your refrigerator or in a helpful place as a reminder, or in a community center where you work or volunteer.
For more information, call WIN at 1-877-946-4627 or visit www.win.niddk.nih.gov. Read WINâ€™s free publications â€œBeing Healthy Is a Big Dealâ€ at www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/Big_Deal_flyer_508.pdf and â€œDonâ€™t Take a Vacation From Your Healthy Habits This Summerâ€ at www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/Vacation_flyer_ 508.pdf. Like WIN on Facebook at www.facebook.com/win.niddk.nih.gov. (NAPS)