Healthy weight info
Initially when people attempt to lose weight they often turn to fad or trend diets. These types of diets promise success but often don't lead a person down the path to healthy eating for a lifetime. The best plan for achieving a healthy weight is to eat a healthy diet balanced with physical activity. For helpful specific information, go to www.healthierus.gov/dietaryguidelines/.
Another site to help you be successful is www.smallstep.gov. This site gives plenty of practical information, realistic tools to help you achieve a more nutritious diet and physical activity, and provides inspiring stories for encouragement.
Other helpful sites:
- MyStart! Online
MyStart! Online is a free tool that can help you make positive lifestyle changes through physical activity and better eating. Track your daily physical activity and dietary intake, and view and print weekly summaries of your progress. Using the tool is as simple as utilizing its 3 main features: log your times or distances in your Activity Diary , plot your walking routes on your personal map, and enter your meal information in your Nutrition Diary. Includes free online exercise videos.
- Go Red BetterU
Go Red BetterU is a FREE 12-week online nutrition and fitness program that can makeover your heart. Each week will focus on a different area and provide step-by-step guidance. You'll receive everything from daily expert tips and an online journal to a downloadable BetterMe coaching tool. As part of the Go Red for Women movement, BetterU, gives women the power to build physical activity into their life and to reduce their risk for heart disease - their number one killer.
- America on the Move
To achieve or maintain a healthy weight, we all know it's important to make wise decisions about eating and physical activity every day. It sounds simple enough. But in today's hectic world, too many people see their best intentions lose out to other daily demands. At AOM, we encourage you to make small, realistic changes that fit into your busy lifestyle.
- MyPyramid MyPyramid offers tips on personalized eating plans, interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices, and advice to help you: make smart choices from every food group, find your balance between food and physical activity, get the most nutrition out of your calories and stay within your daily caloric needs. It also provides helpful information on steps to a healthier weight.
Celebrate your unique body as a gift from God, made in His image for His purpose and glory. There is no one perfect body shape or size! What God creates is good and perfect. Therefore, respect your body and help others to respect and celebrate who they are in Christ. Care for your body and strive for a healthy body.
Three related handouts via Healthy Weight Network:
"Normal Eating Nurtures Wellness" (PDF)
"Celebrate Health at Any Size" (PDF)
"Top 10 ReasonsNot to Diet" (PDF)
Verses for reflection:
Philippians 1:20 "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death."
Ephesians 5:30 "... For we are members of His body."
1 Corinthians 6:19 "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own."
Romans 12:10 "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."
Romans 12:1 "Therefore, I urge you brothers in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship."