The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) tells us that people in the U.S. do not consume enough dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium, and potassium. By labeling those four as nutrients of concern, the DGA seeks to raise awareness. Adding those nutrients to diets can decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other diet-related diseases.
One way to improve your diet is to use less fat, sugar, and salt in the recipes that you prepare at home. Some recipes can be made healthier simply by reducing an ingredient or substituting one for another.
Exercise is important for your mind and your body! Check out the different cardiorespiratory, flexibility/range of motion, and resistance exercises that are meant for every body while also knowing what exercises and motions to avoid!
There are many benefits to leading an active lifestyle. It can decrease the risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and breast, colon, bladder, kidney, and lung cancer. In addition, an active lifestyle can improve your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, improve your sleep, and increase your energy. Walking is a great way to increase your physical activity and it is one of the best types because it is accessible to almost everyone!
Need more motivation? Keep an eye out for when Purdue Extension Floyd County hosts one of their Get WalkIN' programs!
Water is the most abundant substance in the human body. Water makes up 50 to 70 percent of body weight and performs many important functions. Healthy people meet their fluid needs in part from the foods they eat, especially from fruits and vegetables, which can contain lots of water. But most fluid needs are met through beverages, so it is important to choose wisely!