Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help

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I’m so excited for the launch of our newly designed and updated New American Plate Challenge website! I love this program because it takes you on a journey of eating and physical activity changes, rather than a prescribed, one size fits all weight loss diet. Each week you’ll take on a new challenge for a healthier life – the goal is to find a way that works for you and practice it until eventually you make it a lifelong habit.

Making changes is hard, especially long held eating habits and trying to get more active, so we provide plenty of tips, recipes and support from the NAP Challenge dietitians and other participants to help you succeed. You may also decide to go at your own pace and just work on a few of the challenges and skip some as we go along. Read more… “Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help”

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    Survey Finds Half of Americans Want to Take a Hike this Summer

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    School’s out for the summer and kids are ready to play! This is a great time to make healthy habits part of your family’s summer plans. Give your kids a start for lifelong cancer protection by helping them be active. For adults, AICR research shows that moving for at least 30 minutes daily lowers the risk for post-menopausal breast, colorectal, and endometrial cancers.

    To find out how Americans will be getting active, the National Recreation and Park Association asked about favorite summer outdoor activities in a recent survey. Half of those surveyed said that going for a walk or a hike is one of their favorites. Walking and hiking are great ways to explore nature in your local park, on a National Park trail, or to find a new shop in your neighborhood. At the same time you’ll boost fitness, strengthen muscles and build endurance.

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      For Kids, Short Walking Breaks May Improve Health

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      If you’re a reader of health news, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the research looking at how office walking breaks can help your health. Now comes a small study suggesting that those breaks may also improve kids’ long-term metabolic health, which may lower their risk for adult cancers decades later.37324435_s

      The study found that children who break up their sitting with three minutes of walking every half hour had lower levels of blood glucose and insulin, compared to when they remained seated for three hours. It was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. High blood glucose and insulin are risk factors for metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that also links to increased cancer risk among adults.

      According to government data, more than one third of children and teens are overweight or obese. Kids who are overweight are more likely to be overweight adults, and excess body fat among adults is a cause of ten cancers.

      The study included 28 healthy, normal-weight children who were assigned to one of two groups. Children in the first group remained sitting for three hours where they watched Read more… “For Kids, Short Walking Breaks May Improve Health”

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