Dear Amy: I want to start eating healthier and getting more exercise. Do you have any tips that could help me get started? — Katie, Bellevue, Neb.
Dear Katie: Making small changes in the way you eat can add up quickly. Ask for an extra helping of veggies in the cafeteria, or pack a salad to go with your sandwich instead of a bag of chips. Trade in the junk food for a healthy afternoon snack that includes fruit, such as a smoothie or apple slices with peanut butter. For more healthy snack ideas, visit www.fruitsandveggiesmore
Getting more exercise is easy when you find physical activities you like to do. If you enjoy playing sports, consider joining a team at school or a local recreation league. If you're a music fan, put on some music and dance, listen to music while doing chores or even try a dance workout video. Walking or riding a bike to school or a friend's house is another great way to add physical activity to your day.
For more information, check out KidsHealth's Staying Healthy, kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy. This site has tons of articles with tips on eating right, exercising and more.
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