Live HealthIer

Our Healthy Champion, Rosalie R. lost 40 lbs in 6 monthsby changing her diet and walking 1 mile every evening.

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Measure up
To know where you need to be, you need to know where you are starting. Weighing yourself and checking your Body Mass Index (BMI) are the first steps in achieving a healthier you!

 Weigh yourself

 Check your BMI
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Buy local
Local produce will always be the highest in vitamins and nutrients because it’s fresher. Foods higher in fiber, vitamins and nutrients can help improve your mood, keep you healthier, improve your energy levels and keep you fuller longer. Plus, seasonal produce is always changing which will keep you excited about what you are eating.

Find locally sourced, fresh produce that is higher in vitamins and nutrients using the PA Preferred resource guide or USDA’s Farmer’s Market directory.

measure up
Do your homework

Learn more about your body, healthy foods and ways to stay active to prepare you for your new path to a healthier you!

 Healthy eating for healthy weight

Physical activity for healthy weight

Balance food and activity

 Nutrition and physical activity

Learn how to make sense of information on food packaging

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Take action!

Now that you have weighed yourself, checked your Body Mass Index (BMI) and researched ways you can eat healthier and be more active, it’s time to TAKE ACTION! Eating healthier and being more active may take some getting used to, but the more you practice healthier habits, the easier it becomes. Some experts believe that it only takes 21 days to make or break a habit.

Here are some tools that will help you turn your goals into a reality!

STAY THE COURSE!

One of the hardest parts of a weight loss journey is making sure your weight doesn’t creep back up. Keep a steady weight by using some of the following tools to stay motivated!
Get inspired

Finding reasons to keep going will help you stay the course.

Take the MyPlates, MyWins Challenge
grab a buddy
Grab a buddySometimes it’s easier to stay the course, when you have someone by your side helping you to stay on target, so grab a buddy!  Try out a Group Challenge or download one of the following fitness partner apps for your phone:

 Fitness Buddy App

 Well Squad App

Tap into success stories from real people who have used the USDA’s Super Tracker to make healthy changes in their lives.

Mix things up

Find different ways to reach your weekly exercise goals. This will help to keep things fresh!

 Find trails near you using Explore PA Trails

 Join a race

 Connect with local parks in PA

 Use MapMyWalk
Plan, track, study, and share your journey

 Get Outdoors PA
Find ways to reduce boredom and stay active

Remember, you don't have to go fast, you just have to GO! And when you feel like quitting, remember why you started. The hardest step to fitness is the first. Take it NOW!