Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Fitness & Health

To keep a healthy weight, small changes can make a big difference

About two out of three adults in the United States are overweight. Extra weight raises the risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and some types of cancer. Fortunately, small changes in your diet and activity level can make a big difference in reaching and keeping a healthy weight.

Small changes to help you lose weight:

* Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

* Shop from a list when you are not hungry.

* Don't keep high-fat, high-sugar foods in your home.

* Use a small plate and eat smaller servings.

Being more active can also help you lose weight. You do not have to be an anthlete. Even small amounts of activity can improve your health.

Small changes to be more active:

* Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

* Park in the back of parking lots and walk a little farther.

* Rake theleave, wash the car or scrub the floors.

* Take a walk after dinner instead of watching TV.