When life gets hectic, we can lose sight of our health … and gain weight without realizing it. Sound familiar? Don’t beat yourself up — that kills motivation. Forming new habits from a place of kindness and self-respect is the way to go, and now is the best time to start. Here’s why.

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1. You’re a powerful role model for your kids.

Everything clicked for Alex when she noticed how breathless she got from climbing a flight of stairs. Dana’s lightbulb moment? It stemmed from a tough talk with her doctor … but Chad’s mindset shifted when he saw his son was watching. We may think putting our kids first means pushing our health to the side. In reality, our role as healthy role models is most important. Why not form healthy habits together?

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2. Being overweight or obese has serious health risks.

Many Oklahomans currently fall into the overweight or obese categories on the

body mass index (BMI) chart, increasing their risk for stroke, diabetes, heart disease, 13 types of cancer and more. Read up on some of the major causes of obesity here, like sugary drinks, tobacco use, inactive lifestyles and unhealthy food.

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3. Healthier habits lead to longer, happier lives.

The good news? It’s not too late to form healthier habits. Take this quick quiz to see where you are, where you need to be and how to get there. You’ll get personalized tips and tools that fit your unique lifestyle and challenges.

Ready to get started? You don’t have to do it alone. Talk with your doctor, get support from a close friend or family member … or join our private Facebook group. Then, stay motivated by making healthy meals and snacks that are healthy and tasty — and choosing physical activities you enjoy.