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Feel like you are too short on time to eat healthy? To make physical activity part of your daily life? Take heart. We've got some suggestions for making changes to your daily routine to ensure healthier eating and squeeze in activity.
- Pack your lunch the night before. Use leftovers from your healthy dinner and put them directly from the serving dish into your lunch container.
- Clean and store fruits and veggies. As soon as you get home from the market, clean and store veggies and fruits in single serving size baggies that you can grab and take with you at any time.
- Keep healthy snacks handy in your bag, desk or car. Dried fruits, nuts, whole wheat pretzels or crackers or anything healthy and that will store can help you beat the temptation of fast food when you are hungry and short on time.
- Take a look at Eat Better to get even more great ideas.
- Make changes to your daily routine to squeeze in "activity breaks" throughout the day to help you be more active. Aim for at least 30-60 minutes of activity per day at least five days a week.
- Park farther from the entrance of places you often visit, like the supermarket, your workplace and the mall to get in quick walks.
- Take the stairs whenever possible.
- Take 20-minute speed walks. Try for one in the morning or after lunch and again after dinner.
- Try walking, jogging, dancing, bowling or even house chores. Partner with a friend or the kids and make it fun!
- Take a look at Move More to get even more great ideas.