Fredericksburg Parent

February 2014

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www.FredParent.NET 25 • 25 (BPT )—A new year often brings with it the desire to make improvements in your life, and kick old habits to the curb in the pursuit of healthiness. But for most Americans, resolutions fail within the first few months because goals are too ambitious, intimidating or unrealistic in nature. If you've resolved to be healthier this year, the good news is that successful, positive change—whether it be spending more time with friends and family, being more physically active, or choosing healthier foods—is more achievable than you think. It's important to think positively, stay focused and take baby steps versus one giant leap towards a lofty goal. Many goal-setters achieve their desired health goal by starting with small changes. In fact, more than half the respondents to the Aetna "What's Your Healthy?" survey like to do small things such as taking the stairs instead of using the elevator each day to be more physi- cally active. Small Changes, Healthier Life continued on pg 27 The approach to healthiness is a personal one and is not a "one size fits all" solution. Try these tips on simple changes you can make to your day- to-day life to ensure happiness and healthiness year-long: 100-calorie snacks. Thirty-three percent of the Aetna survey respondents say they could, in an instant, drop eating large portions in order to become healthier. While it can be difficult to just start eating less than you are used to, you can set yourself up for success with 100-calorie snacks. A handful of almonds, homemade ranch dip with vegetables, or six cups of fresh-popped popcorn are all great low-calorie options to take on the go.

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