Let’s Go! knows that one of the biggest and toughest barriers to overcome when you’re trying to improve your health is lack of time. That’s why we developed the Small Steps program, a healthy eating and active living program focused on quick wins. Small changes over time can result in big health improvements.
When it comes to your health, small steps go far.
it’s a great way to improve your health
Sit less - for every hour that you sit, move for 3 minutes.
Move for 30 minutes each day. It’s ok to break it into small amounts – 10 minutes, 3 times a day.
Count your minutes – aim to get at least 150 minutes every week.
Make it fun. Walk with a friend, co-worker or a dog.
Take the stairs. You can use them in any kind of weather.
foods that come from nature give you energy
Choose foods in their natural form. Eat less packaged food.
Check labels and choose foods without sugar in the first 3 ingredients.
Add fiber. Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits at every meal.
Cut down on portions. Serve food on smaller plates.
Enjoy your food. Eat slowly. Pause before each bite. Stop before you’re full.
it’s the best choice
Keep water handy. Carry a refillable bottle.
Fill up. Drink a glass of water before meals. It will help you eat less.
Add flavor. Put a fruit wedge in your water.
Make it easy to remember. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator.
Limit sugary drinks. Reach for water instead.
good sleep restores your body and mind
Try to get 7 - 9 hours of sleep every night.
Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. You’ll sleep better.
Unplug. Turn off the TV and mobile devices at least one hour before you go to sleep.
Follow the same bedtime routine every night.
Find time to relax. Take 10 minutes a day of quiet time to refocus and energize.
Schools, child care programs, out-of-school programs and health care practices across Maine and the Mt. Washington Valley are working together to decrease childhood obesity, one healthy choice at a time.