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Truly Healthy: Fitness and Inner Happiness

by Manjari Fergusson

Living a truly healthy lifestyle includes all aspects of a person’s life: what they consume, how active they are, how they manage stress, their mental and emotional health, and how they care for each other. This month’s Feature Article  discusses the healthy-eating side of wellness, while our Health Tip focuses on the other aspects of a person’s health and wellbeing.

Fitness

Healthy Desserts During the Holiday Season

by Manjari Fergusson

One of the scariest parts about cooking or baking during the holiday season is the expectation that being healthy means sacrificing taste or flavor; but that really doesn’t have to be the case! You can have the best of both worlds and create yummy dishes that you and your friends and family won’t even realize are “healthy”.

Tasty desserts made using wholesome ingredients are not only delicious, but easier on your waistline and leave you feeling fuller, causing you to eat less. Win!

Here are some healthy ideas for yummy desserts, perfect for your holiday meals:

Eating Healthy Around the Holidays

by Manjari Fergusson

Thanksgiving is a fun-filled holiday that’s known for big eating and those pesky pounds that go along with it. But you can actually enjoy the holiday season without weight gain if you learn to avoid overindulging on and around the holidays leading up to the New Year.

This doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends – naturally you’ll be eating richer, higher calorie foods over those three or four days. But you can do it in a healthier way by incorporating a few of these tips:

Fight Disease with a Plant-based Diet

by Manjari Fergusson

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventioni (CDC), the most common and costly diseases are also among the most preventable of all health problems.

These include conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and arthritis. Alarmingly, half of all adults in the U.S. in 2012 have at least one chronic health condition, and one in four adults have at least two.

The CDC identified four behaviors that you can change to help prevent chronic disease: lack of exercise, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, and lack of good nutrition.i

September is “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” Month

by Manjari Fergusson

This month is “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” Month, bringing attention to the importance of having plenty of fruits and veggies in your diet. As you have probably heard over and over again, there is a plethora of benefits to eating fruits and veggies, including reducing the risk for childhood obesity, which we talk about in this month’s feature.

Healthy and Nutritious School Snacks

by Manjari Fergusson

With most kids back in school this month, it’s the perfect time to get inspired with new snack ideas! The importance of healthy snacking is huge, as it helps balance blood sugar levels, provides lasting energy, and ensures good nourishment for you and your growing children.

Yummy, healthy snacks help keep kids from eating too many empty calories, usually in the form of sugary drinks, sweets and candies, chips, and cookies. This goes a long way in preventing childhood obesity and diabetes, which are increasing problems here in the U.S.

Fall Fitness Tips

by Manjari Fergusson

Now that it’s finally cooling down after our mega hot summer, exercising outdoors is finally more appealing.  And with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, staying in shape may be an even higher priority, so you can enjoy holiday fare without the extra weight gain. Below are some tips to keep you fit all season long.

Great time to hike. There’s a plethora of hikes all over the State. Here are a few of the best on Maui and Oahu that you can look up online:

Oahu: Manana Trail, Nuuanu Trail, Judd Trail, Maunawili Falls, Manoa Falls.

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