Saturday, September 27, 2008

Take Small Steps to Wellness

Small Step #4 - Walk during lunch hour

One of my favorite places to walk when I do not have unlimited time is Woodlawn Nature Center. With ten acres of wooded trails WNC is a great place to get away from the hustle and buslte of the daily rat race. You can walk or jog, free of the hazaards of traffic, in the sanctuary of the oak canopy while breathing in the oxygen rich air of the forest.

Seasonal wonders from Jack-in-the-Pulpits and Mayapples to a vast variety of colorful fungus will be there for your viewing pleasure. Leave your IPOD off and listen to the music of the forest. Cardnials, Veeries, and Thrushes will serenade you as squirrels scamper about. There are picnic areas for eating lunch before taking a quick walk.

Woodlawn Nature Center is located at 604 Woodlawn Ave.


Getting The Correct Information

We are bombarded every day with conflicting information about our health.
Is it better to eat a low-carb diet or a balanced diet?
Should we be physically active 3 times a week or 5 times a week?
And how can we be expected to follow any of these recommendations when we're always so busy? It's no wonder that many of us throw up our hands and give up. But if we want to live long and fulfilling lives, it's essential that we learn the real facts about health, nutrition, and physical activity.Luckily, the real facts are pretty straightforward.

Fact - 2 out of every 3 Americans are overweight or obese - defined as having a body mass index over 25.
Fact - In order to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you consume.
Fact - Even small changes in your life will add up to big results.

Eat A Healthy Diet - Learn how eating right and being physically active are keys to a healthy lifestyle.
Get Active - Get physically active at least 5 times a week, for 30 minutes or more.
Avoid Harmful Substances - Avoid tobacco and illegal drugs altogether.


Well, if it were that easy, we'd all be effortlessly fit and healthy.Today's lifestyle doesn't allow much room for health. And that's where Small Steps comes in. We know that it's impossible for many people to make dramatic lifestyle changes. Instead, we want to help you learn ways that you can change small things about your life and see big results.

Explore further to get more in-depth facts about health, diet, and activity. And check out the Small Steps section to see what changes you can easily make in your life.

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