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Stay on track with health goals using on-line tools

Encouragement is everything when trying to achieve a health, fitness or weight goal. Any type of encouragement helps. To promote success in sticking with your weight and fitness goals in 2010, the following on-line tools may be useful in assisting you and your family stay on track.

Childhood overweight - Overweight children have an increased risk of being overweight as adults. The Extension fact sheet on Childhood Overweight lists ways to encourage children to be more active, to reduce screen time and to develop more healthful eating habits.

Website Tools:
National Institutes on Health
USDA MY Pyramid

Total calories are most important when "dieting" - Whether it’s protein, carbohydrates or fat that you eat, it’s the total number of calories that counts.

Website Tool:
Daily Food and Activity Diary, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; NIH

From portion distortion to portion control - The "New American Plate" brings food portion sizes back to more realistic serving levels. By reducing plate size and filling it with varieties of foods, calorie savings will start adding up.

Website Tool:
The New American Plate, Institute for Cancer Research

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) - The DASH Eating Plan has been shown to be effective for the prevention and management of Hypertension. Hypertension is a clinical term used for high blood pressure. Even if a person does not have hypertension, at age 55, they have a ninety percent lifetime risk of developing the condition at some point in their life.

Website Tool:
DASH Eating Plan, National Institutes of Health

Be Active Your Way - Looking for ways to stay encouraged with personal physical activity goals? Click on this new Be Active Your Way widget to add to your website.


Be Active Your Way (open accessible version in new window)


(all excerpts and on-line sites from the Colorado State University Extension Healthy Heartbeats newsletter. To review all newsletters, click here)

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Updated Saturday, September 25, 2010