Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians
Section Five - Maintain a Healthy Weight! Stay Active and Feel Better!
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_____ Get up 15 minutes earlier to eat breakfast at home. Include fruit, whole-grain bread, and fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
_____ Prepare a heart healthy lunch the night before. Include fruits, vegetables, and small portions of leftovers.
_____ Take a piece of fruit for a snack at work.
_____ Eat smaller portions at dinner. Eat vegetables every night, or have a salad with low-calorie dressing.
_____ Drink water instead of soda or other drinks high in calories and sugar.
_____ Get active at work, at home, and in your spare time. Walk with your family or a friend.
- Ask for help from the doctor and dietitian if you need to lose weight.
- Find out if your community has heart health classes taught by community health educators. If so, join the classes.
Pass On the Gift of Heart Health.
When you maintain a healthy weight, you are also setting an example of heart healthy living for your children and the youth in your community. Pass on the gift of healthy living and long life to future generations.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6340