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Tips for Making Healthy Choices

November 14, 2021 07:00 AM
tips for making healthy choices
 

Small changes add up! There are many smaller, more manageable changes we can make to work on living a healthy lifestyle. Often, making small changes consistently over time is easier to sustain than making major alterations. What are three healthy choices we can make today? We have included ideas and resources below. 

Healthy Eating

1. Fill half our plate with fruits and veggies. Take smaller portions of other parts of the meal. 

2. Drink water instead of juice, pop/soda, or other sugary drinks. 

3. Eat a piece of fruit for dessert. 

Additional tips can be found in this resource: Tips for Eating Healthy Meals. Our complete list of nutrition and healthy eating resources for individuals with Down syndrome can be found at this link.

 

Physical Activity

1. Dance to a favorite song before watching TV or doing a sedentary activity.

2. Pick a word and use our Alphabet Workout handout to add in extra physical activity. 

3. Be active in the kitchen! Do some bicep curls with cans of soup. 

Additional tips can be found in this resource: Be Active Throughout the Day. Our complete list of exercise and physical activity resources for individuals with Down syndrome can be found at this link.

 

Mental Health

1. Listen to music. If we are feeling stressed or anxious, listening to calming music may help. 

2. Call or video chat with a friend or family member. 

3. Turn off the news! Watch a funny TV show or movie. 

Additional tips can be found in this resource: Tips for Dealing with Stress. Our complete list of mental health resources for individuals with Down syndrome can be found at this link.

 

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