Healthy Living - September 2019
A Message from Your Hometown Health Manager
T here are ONLY 30 DAYS LEFT to earn your 2018-2019 gift card rewards! Our program year will officially close on September 30, 2019.

Haven’t earned all your rewards for this current program year? It’s not too late!

Follow these three easy steps:

  1. Check to see how close you are to earning your incentive by logging into your Hometown Health Portal and clicking on the “rewards” tab!
  2. Need points? Take leaps towards your incentive by participating in free health coaching! Available seven days a week by calling 855.667.2546. Our coaches can help you on your path to getting more sleep, managing stress, and so much more!
  3. Missed the onsite health screening? You may have your doctor submit this completed physician qualification form on your behalf! Any labs taken after October 1, 2018 to present will count.

Be sure to contact hometownhealth@flcities.com by Monday, September 23 if you notice any missing credit for your wellness activities or your health screening/physician qualification form!

All the Best,

Gwen Mahabir
Fun Ideas to be a More Active Family
When it comes to physical activity, your family is:

A. Let’s go!
B. So-so.
C. No-show.

No matter where you’re starting, we have fun tips to help get everyone moving. See what seems doable to you — but don’t hesitate to try new things or ideas of your own. You might be surprised at what energizes you and yours.

  • Shake up your daily routine. The goal here: Up everyone’s activity during your hours together. No kids at home? You may find inspiration here for solo activities — or for whomever you want to bring along for the fun.
  • Have post-dinner dance parties. Get in some good giggles too — ask kids to teach you their favorite dance moves.
  • Turn off screens. Move things outside with a game of tag, soccer or touch football. Or engage imaginations as well as muscles by making up a new game, obstacle course or scavenger hunt.
  • Pitch in together. Active chores, like washing windows or helping in the yard, all count as physical activity.
  • Head out and about. Turn your town or neighborhood into a fitness center.
  • Make a playground pit stop. Swing by after school instead of coming straight home.

Physical Activity for a Healthy Weight
Regular physical activity is important for good health, and it’s especially important if you’re trying to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight.

  • When losing weight, more physical activity increases the number of calories your body uses for energy or “burns off.” The burning of calories through physical activity, combined with reducing the number of calories you eat, creates a “calorie deficit” that results in weight loss.
  • Most weight loss occurs because of decreased caloric intake. However, evidence shows the only way to maintain weight loss is to be engaged in regular physical activity.
  • Most importantly, physical activity reduces risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes beyond that produced by weight reduction alone.

Three Steps for a Stronger Core: Simple Moves to Help Keep Your Back Healthy and Happy
When you strengthen your core muscles, you form a strong support system for your spine.

Think of it as a built-in back support belt or girdle of sorts — but more comfortable. In fact, it may help you prevent a sore lower back or help an achy one feel better.
Strong core muscles — those in your abdomen, hips, lower back and pelvis — may also:

  • Boost your overall fitness.
  • Make everyday activities easier, from vacuuming to toting groceries.
  • Improve your balance and reduce your risk of falls.

Time for crunches, right? Not necessarily.

Abdominal crunches are a go-to exercise for targeting the core. But you have options!

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight
A healthy lifestyle involves many choices. Among them, choosing a balanced diet or healthy eating plan.

So how do you choose a healthy eating plan? Let’s begin by defining what a healthy eating plan is.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020 , a healthy eating plan:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
  • Stays within your daily calorie needs

Eat Healthfully and Enjoy It!
A healthy eating plan that helps you manage your weight includes a variety of foods you may not have considered. If “healthy eating” makes you think about the foods you can’t have, try refocusing on all the new foods you can eat.

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