We are now halfway through the New American Plate Challenge, a program geared to help people get started with, or continue, their weight loss. This was our first NAP Challenge and we’re excited about all the positive outcomes and responses. Challengers are reporting eating more vegetables, moving more and losing weight.
One goal of the program is for challengers to help out one another with tips and encouragement. I’m sharing these creative tips and inspiring messages from challengers, so if you are working toward healthier habits, you can benefit too. Here are some of the tips and ideas challengers have shared:
On eating more veggies and fruit:
“I bought a mandolin last week and it’s been lots of fun cutting vegetables (and fruit) into fun shapes. I’m more likely to eat veggies that are already cut up and even more likely to eat them if they are sliced up finely.” (Malkah) Continue reading
If you’ve gone through cancer treatment, perhaps you worked with a Registered Dietitian (RD) and an exercise specialist for exercise and general eating concerns. Healthful eating, along with being physically active, during treatment can help you keep up your energy level and recover more quickly.
However, side effects like fatigue, nausea and changes in taste can make those healthy habits challenging.
Although RDs don’t need personal experience with cancer treatment to help patients, as we marked Cancer Survivor Day on June 2, I wondered how RDs managed their own cancer treatment. What advice did they follow and what worked well for them?
I asked three RDs to share how they managed eating and physical activity through their own cancer treatment and recovery. Here are their words of wisdom: Continue reading
The health problems stemming from obesity have inspired campaigns nationwide, all trying to encourage the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight or obese to achieve a healthy weight, which would help reduce the risk of seven cancers.
But getting people to modify eating and activity behaviors can be tricky.
Last week, one of the first studies to systematically look at what kind of messaging works best found that campaigns recognized for stigmatizing or blaming obese people are perceived as no more effective than more positive or neutral campaigns. In fact, the advice of negative campaigns was deemed to be less achievable.
The study was published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine