The first step towards eating healthy is to start to see food as something that can help energize you for an active day- or something that can only add to your weight problem. There are healthy foods and unhealthy foods- and lots of tools available to help you tell the difference. Click the pic on the right to DUNK the JUNK Check out this list of Top 10 Junk foods to dunk! Consider writing down everything you eat! Sometimes this awareness alone can lead to weight loss.
If you only click one link – the VA cooperative Extension has a great site to get you started on reading labels, shopping on a budget, healthy drinks, and more!
Stick with WATER!!
To work off the 240 calories in this 20 oz soda, you would have to:
jog for 50 minutes
ride a bicycle for 73 minutes, or
walk briskly for two hours.
Click the pic to see First Lady Michelle Obama and the Miami Heat CRUNCH.
If you are just beginning to consider making changes in your nutrition – let us help you review the newest tools to help – including My Plate, Calorie Counters, and Portion Control plates. Read More
Breastmilk has unique qualities that influence lifelong health for babies (and breastfeeding is beneficial for mother’s health as well). Breastmilk is free and always ready to serve, even if the power goes out or when you are on the go. It is never contaminated by beetles or melamine. Best of all, breastmilk provides lifelong protection from illness and disease. We know that breastfeeding is a public health issue (like wearing seatbelts) instead of lifestyle choice (like wearing jewelry), and it is the responsibility of our whole community, not just of parents, to provide the necessary support for every mother and baby to succeed. We are thrilled that Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital is now designated as BabyFriendly and has a unique environment to support mothers and babies be the most healthy!
Go to BFintheBurg.wordpress.com to learn more about local breastfeeding resources and to see local businesses that support breastfeeding. Read More
The word “sugar” can mean different things. There are two main types of carbohydrates – simple sugars (fructose from fruit, lactose in milk, and sucrose in powdered sugar – so some are good and some need to be limited!) or starches/complex sugars (found in potatoes, rice, bread, cereal). We need carbohydrates, but we need to make healthy choices.
Livestrong.com has this tip: Adults should limit added sugar to about 25g (women) or 37g (men) per day. Preschoolers should limit added sugar to about 16g per day. Elementary school aged kids are growing more, and need to limit sugar to only 12.5 g per day. Pre-teens and teenagers can handle a little more, but 20-30g per day is plenty. Do you know where sugar is hiding? Read More
We live in farm country – do you know how easy it is to get fresh, local food?
- Lynchburg Downtown Community Market – Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, 13th and Main in Downtown Lynchburg.
- Forest Library Parking lot – Saturday 8am-1pm May –October 15583 Forest Road
- Bedford – corner of Washington and Center Streets; June-October Tuesday and Friday
- Altavista – Trade Lot; Wed & sat; April – October
- Buena Vista – Magnolia Parking Lot; July-Sept Wed 3p-7pm
- Campbell County – Brookville High School; May – Oct Saturdays 8am-12pm
Click to read more about markets, Community Supported Agriculture, and our Lynchburg Area Food Council.
This year, consider some options for local turkeys – great for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas feasts! Click the link or call the number to order.
Auburnlea Farms, Gladys, VA. 434-283-8109
Mountain Run Farm, Sedalia, VA. 434-299-5193
Our Father’s Farm, Gretna, VA. 434-656-1188
Your doctor may refer you to a dietician who can look at what you already eat and make helpful decisions about how to help you achieve your health goals. Read More
Current data shows that 1 in 3 kids is overweight or obese. Kids are drowning in extra weight starting at a younger and younger age. Being obese as a youth strongly predicts that they will be obese as an adult. These numbers are staggering -and foretell that this generation will have a shorter lifespan than their parents. Our best information shows that patterns of eating too much are established before children turn two. Children can develop adult levels of cholesterol before their second birthday. Therefore, the burden is on our shoulders as parents to set up healthy habits from the very beginning. We must teach our children how to eat healthy -and we all know that they will do what we do, not just what we say. It takes creativity and consistency. Here are some resources to help us be super models!
1. Internet Resources
2. Healthy Lunchboxes
3. Healthy Snacks
4. Go Green! Read More
All year round – water is the best hydration for exercise. In the hot months, you need to drink even more to stay cool and hydrated.
With today’s busy lifestyles, there is not always time to cook for your family. If you are having take-out night, consider the following tips to cut the calories and fat and make a healthier meal.
Americans eat fewer than 70 percent of their meals at home; but we know that people who eat more home-cooked meals are healthier. The portion sizes are more appropriate, it costs less, you can be more creative and make exactly what you like – but most people don’t cook! Here are some resources to get you and your family back in the kitchen! Read More
Jamie Oliver is a celebrity chef and health campaigner.
In 2005 Jamie started a TV show in Britain called Jamie’s School Dinners. This put a spotlight on the appalling quality of food served in school dining halls across the UK. He then started the Feed Me Better campaign to demand government intervention, funding and training to improve school food quality.
Jamie came to Huntington WV in 2010 for a reality TV show called “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” and again worked to reform the school lunch programs, to help families fight obesity and change their eating habits in order to live healthier and longer lives.
Jamie continues to work to combat obesity through the promotion of cooking at home, fresh cooked meals at school, and cooking in the community.
Here’s a clip of how the Food Revolution truck taught some kids how to love salad!
Go to the Food Revolution website for more information including recipes.
Halloween could be ghoulish and spooky, a chance to show off creativity through costumes and decorations, mixed with a good walk around the neighborhood. But instead it seems more and more to be focused on the CANDY. Have you noticed that Halloween isn’t just one day of fun anymore? The holiday is now extended into over a week of decorations, costume parties and SUGAR. How do your kids act with that sugar? Is it good for their stomachs, teeth or waistlines? Here are some ideas to help you and your family have a healthy Halloween! Read More
Do you think you can celebrate Thanksgiving without gaining unwanted pounds? Yes you can! Read More
Do you feel the cold temperatures, last minute shopping, and never-ending supply of treats are conspiring to waylay your plans to stay healthy this holiday? Never fear – Live Healthy Lynchburg is here to light a fire under your yule log! Keep rocking around the Christmas tree with these healthy recipes or this healthy Christmas meal plan! Read More
What does your dearest love want for Valentine’s Day? Chest pain, high cholesterol, and chocolate? Most stores have large displays with tempting sugary confections, but if you want your valentine to have a healthy heart for many Februarys to come, high fructose corn syrup and fatty foods may not send the right message. Likewise, class parties now request healthy options for students. How can you show love without adding to love handles? It can be a real challenge to think of a healthy treats for your valentines (or their entire class!) Here are some tips to help you plan! Read More
Here are some ideas to keep you and your leprechauns healthy on St. Patrick’s Day! Read More