National Minority Month
Edition: April 2014 - Vol 22 Number 04
A diet for life
Deck: For many – sales reps included – April is the time to get back on track with healthy eating habits. After all, warmer weather means it will soon be time to shed those bulky (and concealing) sweaters. For those looking to shed those pounds accrued this winter, the Mayo Clinic offers a few tips.
To begin with, dieting calls for the right mindset, including:
• Having realistic expectations about how much and how quickly to lose.
• Staying confident that you can make changes in your eating habits.
• Being willing to exercise regularly.
Ask yourself these questions about any diet plan you're considering, says Mayo:
• Does it include various foods from the major food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy products, lean protein sources, nuts and seeds?
• Does it include foods you like and that you would enjoy eating for a lifetime – not just for several weeks or months?
• Can you easily find these foods in your local grocery store?
• Will you be able to eat your favorite foods, or better yet, all foods?
• Does it fit your lifestyle and budget?
• Does it include proper amounts of nutrients and calories to help you lose weight safely and effectively?
• Is regular physical activity part of the plan?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, keep looking. There are better diet plans out there for you.
Spring cleaning: A healthy house, means a healthy rep
The Homeowner’s and Trades Resource Center offers pointers for turning one’s home into a safe and healthy zone this spring:
• Change out your HVAC filter.
• Test your smoke detector.
• Wipe off the blades of ceiling fans and, if possible, switch them to summer mode.
• Get your air conditioning unit serviced.
• Complete any outdoor projects that were left unfinished this winter due to increment weather.