Our Healthy Champion, Rosalie R. lost 40 lbs in 6 monthsby changing her diet and walking 1 mile every evening.
A healthy body weight can reduce your risk of heart problems, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. If you are ready to make strides to be a healthier you, start this journey today. Your steps to weight loss and weight management are structured in three, easy-to-follow sections, which include tips, tools, and information to help you along the way.
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
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.
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!
Regular check-ups to monitor your weight, blood pressure, sugar levels, mood and general health will ensure you are taking the right path to a healthier you. Find a doctor in your area, today.
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!
Sometimes 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.
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!