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Kara Ryan

  Kara Ghiringhelli, Department of Public Health


Kara is a Nutrition Education Specialist at DPH

As I ring in each New Year with friends and family I often think about what changes I would like to make in the upcoming year. Like most of you, health and wellness are always at the top of my list. This year, I’m particularly focused on my weight. Ever since turning thirty my body just isn’t the same. Changes in my metabolism are showing signs of slowing down—what was once lean muscle mass seems to be turning into a layer of unwanted body insulation.

Living in such a fast-paced culture, it can be hard to find the time to exercise and to make healthy homemade meals. Because of this, it is no surprise that the incidence of obesity continues to rise. I refuse to be one of those statistics. It’s well-know that being overweight is often associated with preventable diseases such as high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes. According to the National Institutes of Health, maintaining a healthy body weight may even help to prevent other serious conditions such as heart disease and some forms of cancer. Yet, despite all this information, and although I am a Dietitian, I don’t always find it easy to make the healthiest choice.

So, what are some effective strategies for achieving a healthy body weight? Basically, it is all about finding a way to plan meals and finding time for some physical activity while maintaining a busy schedule. Like anything else, it is about routine. It can be hard getting started, but once you are a few days into it, it gets easier and easier by the day. In the past I have found that making a weekly schedule helps. I pencil in my workouts, just as I would pencil in any other appointment. I also plan on making meals on days or evenings when I know I have the time and I make extra servings so that on busy nights, I have a healthy homemade meal ready to go.

I know there are many of you out there who have found ways of making healthy eating and regular workouts a routine part of your busy schedules. Since it is that time of year for making resolutions, we would love to hear your strategies on how you make healthy eating and exercise a routine part of your life!

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