5 Simple Ways to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

You don't have to be perfect, just be better

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: August 4, 2016

5 Simple Ways to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

Millions of Californians just like you are making choices every day for better health. They know they don't have to be perfect, just better. Even small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, snacking on veggies and choosing water over sugary drinks, can add up to big improvements.

Below are ways everyone can eat better, refresh better, and play better for a healthy lifestyle:

1. Replace unhealthy snacks for better choices. Just try your best to make healthier choices for you and your family every day. Replace chips with crunchy carrots and celery for a healthy snack. Day by day these small changes will add up to help you reach your health goals.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Not only do they taste great but they are low-calorie sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and give you fuel for your active day. They also help lower your risk of obesity and other serious health problems. You can be better today by rocking a rainbow of color and flavor from fresh, frozen, canned, and even dried fruits and vegetables.

3. Drink more water, it is the best option for keeping the body hydrated. Most sodas, energy and sports drinks contain added sugar, increasing the amount of calories in your diet. Water keeps your body healthy and makes it work better inside and out! There are many ways to enjoy water and to refresh better today. Chill water in the refrigerator with a slices of lemon, cucumber, or favorite fruits. It adds a hint of flavor you and your family are sure to enjoy.

4. Increase your physical activity for better health. Adults need 150 minutes a week and kids need 60 minutes of active play a day. Turn exercise into play and you'll be surprised how quickly the minutes add up! Play your way to a better day by riding bikes in the park with your kids or dancing in the living room.

The Be Better Campaign from the Champions for Change Program inspires and motivates individuals and families to adopt small changes today for a healthier tomorrow. For more creative ideas, helpful resources and delicious recipes to support you and your family on the path to better health visit .

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