March is Living Well Month
As spring is arriving and March is “Living Well” month, keep in mind the good practices of “Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart.” The Living Well campaign is being promoted by the National Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agents. Here are some easy ways for you to “Live Well” this month!
EATING: Eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water and limiting fats and sweets is important, but also whom you eat these foods with is also important. Mealtime is more than just eating food together; mealtime allows you to model healthy eating to your children, pass on family beliefs, and discuss everyone’s busy schedule. Research has shown that positive mealtime experiences can lead to better communication between your family, improved school performance, and better nutrition for your children.
EXERCISE: What you eat does make a difference in how you feel, but also exercise boosts your physical and mental well-being. Eating food and daily exercise is good for your body, while being just as important as sleep and relaxation. Setting goals will help to relieve stress and give you something to work towards.Strive towards at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily; walking; running; weights or even yard work. Exercising with others like your family or friends is a motivator to continue exercising.
ENVIRONMENT: Adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle will also benefit your community and children. Recycle when possible; plant flowers and trees; do not litter; pick-up litter; grow a garden for fresh and healthy foods. Also, remember to go outside to hike and fish as examples to enjoy and experience the natural world. This will develop a greater respect and appreciation for our natural resources. Remember to take the children along so they do not stay indoors on the computer or phone all day.
EDUCATE: Learning something new is both fun and rewarding. Teach yourself a new hobby; read a book; take a class at the college or travel somewhere new to learn about a new place. Keep your mind engaged. Teach youth a new game or a new healthy recipe.
ECONOMIZE: Try to live more simply by spending less and saving more. This can be done by shopping for the best bargain; take a Spring Break trip that is closer to home or try camping; prepare your own food more instead of eating out; invest in quality products that will last; spend only the money you have; be content with what you have and ask yourself this question before you make a purchase, “Do I really need this product?”
Simple lifestyle improvements like these will help you to “Live Well” this month and in the future. For more information on Living Well month contact your County Extension Director, Robert J. Hawk, at 488-3848. Email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.