Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), has a resolution solution for Oklahomans in 2018. Picture this: instead of setting unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, try focusing more on a lifestyle filled with small, healthy swaps that fit your everyday routine.
Healthy swaps aren’t big changes, just realistic swaps that make a huge difference in healthy living. Love French fries? Try baking sweet potato fries at home instead of picking up the fast food variety. Taking the elevator at work? Try using the stairs instead.
“Between busy family schedules, hectic work days and snacking on the go, it can be difficult to maintain a New Year’s resolution to be healthier,” said Jodi Smith, Grady County TSET Healthy Living Program grantee. “Healthy swaps are the perfect way to enjoy your favorite meals and activities in a more healthful way, helping keep your health and your New Year’s resolutions on track.”
Healthy food swaps include choosing whole grains, lean meats, whole fruits and veggies over less nutritious food options. Additionally, try a healthy baking swap, like using applesauce instead of vegetable oil.
Oklahomans have the option to swap inactivity with more physical movement, no matter the weather. Shape Your Future encourages families to swap screen time for play time and to add physical activity to morning routines by doing squats or calf raises while brushing their teeth. Adding 30 minutes of physical activity each day for adults and 60 minutes for kids can get everyone on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Easy ways to implement healthy swaps into your everyday schedule include:
•Eating whole grain cereals instead of sugary cereals
•Trying a whole wheat bagel instead of a cinnamon roll
•Moving during TV commercial breaks instead of sitting still
•Snacking on carrots and hummus instead of chips and dip
•Eating healthy lunch packs instead of store-bought lunch packs
•Drinking water instead of soda (or other sugary drinks)
•Snacking on unsalted mixed nuts instead of sugary candy
•Taking a walk break instead of a smoke break
This new year, join Shape Your Future in exploring healthy food and activity swaps to have a healthier, happier 2018. For a complete list of healthy lifestyle swaps, visit https://shapeyourfutureok.com/healthy-swaps/.
You can also find other tools, resources and dozens of easy, low-cost recipes at https://shapeyourfutureok.com/eat-better/recipes/.
Connect with Shape Your Future on Facebook or Twitter at @ShapeFutureOK and share your own versions of healthy swaps.
Shape Your Future (SYF) is a community health education intervention that encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free. SYF was developed in 2011 by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). It provides simple messaging for moms and influencers in the lives of children to eat more fruits and vegetables and to be more physically active to improve overall health. SYF strives to educate parents, teachers, caregivers and all Oklahomans on how to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to: www.ok.gov/tset.