The places where we work, live and enjoy leisure activities can help us achieve and maintain healthy habits such as getting more physical activity and eating more fruits and vegetables.
We can all do our part to help create healthy places. Here are some suggestions.
- Looking for more fruits and vegetables in the cafeteria? Mention your wishes to the cafeteria owner/manager.
- Start a new trend: Instead of bringing in leftover sweets from home to share with co-workers, bring in a fruit or vegetable treat.
- During your break or lunch, take a walk around your building, campus, or mall. Set a goal for yourself on how often you walk.
- Participate in an organized walk and complete a "Walkability Checklist" to give your feedback on how to make the designated route more "pedestrian friendly."
- Get involved with making food and beverage choices in your vending machines healthier.
- A refrigerator always stocked with lots of fruits and vegetables, placed in the front, supports healthy habits. They can also be a tasty side dish or added to other dishes like eggs, stews, pizza, and sandwiches.
- Always have proper raingear on hand. It will encourage you and your loved ones to take a walk in the rain. Kids will be motivated to walk or play outside if they have colorful boots, jackets, and umbrellas.
- Set a time everyday for a family run, walk or a bike ride. You may want to start with 5-15 minutes and work up to 30 minutes or more.
- Start a new rule that all housework, grass mowing (a riding lawnmower doesn't count!), and gardening will be done by someone in your household. They all count as physical activity!
- Start a new guideline at home about limiting screen time. Check out the Turn Off Your TV campaign for more information.
At Leisure Activities
- Plan leisure activities and vacations that involve physical activity.
- Make regular dates with friends to enjoy your favorite physical activity together.
- Count your steps and note the time it takes you to walk to the library, store, post office or bank. Convert your steps into miles.