It’s been a long, cold winter. You might have put on a few pounds due to decreased physical activity — and maybe you overindulged on treats while you were cooped up indoors.
One way to manage your weight is to maintain your daily activity level. It will be easier to do now that spring weather is around the corner.
Walking is a great way to stay active. You should take 7,000 to 10,000 steps per day. Besides helping you maintain a healthy weight, taking regular walks can:
Challenge yourself to increase your activity level by taking a brisk 30-minute walk five times a week. Read More
The current nutrition label is on the left. The label on the right shows the FDA’s proposed changes.
The familiar nutrition label on food packages is getting a makeover for the first time in 20 years. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed several changes to food labels to focus attention on the information that has the most influence on today’s public health issues.
“It’s going to have large print so that people are able to read it, identify the key parts of the nutrition facts label much more quickly,” Lehigh Valley Health Network registered dietitian Nancy Moore, with Sodexo and Pediatric Specialists of the Lehigh Valley, told WFMZ-TV’s 69News for a Thursday evening news report. Watch the video below.
Among the changes, serving sizes will be increased to more accurately reflect how much people consume in one sitting. Current serving sizes are based on the amount people “should” be eating, rather than how much they actually consume. For example, a 12-ounce bottle of soda now has an 8-ounce serving size, even though most people finish the entire bottle. Read More
The 2014 Winter Olympics have just ended, yet athletes are already planning for the 2018 games. Among the hopefuls is extreme skier Jackie Kling of Lake Harmony. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) doctors got her career back on track with successful ACL surgery, and now Kling shares her story in the March-April issue of Healthy You Magazine.
The latest edition of LVHN’s bimonthly wellness magazine includes 24 pages of helpful tips and information, such as:
Are you getting enough protein in your diet? Take a closer look at the food you put into your body and learn about what’s recommended to be at your best.
The U.S. government recommends adults eat 5 to 6 ounces of protein each day, which includes:
- Meat, poultry or fish
- Nuts or seeds
It is important to consume enough protein in your diet, since proteins function as the building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. You can also get B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, zinc and magnesium from proteins.
Did you know that some sources of protein are better for you than others? Read More
This article first published in the LVHN Fitness February 2014 newsletter. We periodically post wellness articles that LVHN Fitness providers write for this monthly newsletter, covering topics such as fitness and nutrition.
By Diana Miller, LVHN Fitness exercise physiologist
Joining a fitness center for the first time can be intimidating, but not understanding the unique language found in an exercise environment can be even more intimidating. Reps. Sets. Working in. What does it all mean?
To help you understand the “gym lingo” used inside a fitness center, here’s a list of commonly heard terms and phrases and what they mean. Read More