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No matter how busy your day is, how cozy your couch is or how enjoyable your TV shows are, physical activity is essential for a healthy life.
Moving for 30 minutes every day helps you balance your weight. It improves your mood and strengthens your immune system. It can even help you quit smoking. Most importantly, it helps you live longer by reducing the risk of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.
Finding motivation to work out isn’t always easy. However, with these 10 health and fitness tips, you can get motivated and get moving today.Continue Reading
Men, it’s time to get active. No matter your age, shape or size, the benefits of physical activity are endless. It improves your mental health and helps you control weight. It helps relieve stress, especially when quitting smoking. Most notably, being physically active helps reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in American men.Continue Reading
April 22, 2017 marks the 47th annual Earth Day celebration. This Earth Day, make a world of difference with members of your community by starting a community garden. Why a community garden? Well, dig this… neighborhood gardens help cities and towns grow. They strengthen social connections and encourage the entire community to work together. They can also provide access to fresh, healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables for the whole community. Plus, people of all ages can help!Continue Reading
Every kid should be healthy every week… especially during Every Kid Healthy Week this April!Continue Reading
For the kids at Cleveland Elementary School in Oklahoma City, life is a garden… and they dig it. A few years ago, with help from a grant through the Whole Kids Foundation and several generous volunteers, Cleveland Elementary built their very own school garden.Continue Reading
Your family doesn’t have to completely overhaul their entire life to be healthier. Instead, make small, simple swaps every day.
With a few easy, realistic swaps, you can be healthier without making any extreme changes to the lifestyle you’re used to. The more swaps you make, the healthier you and your family will be.Continue Reading
With colder weather driving you inside this holiday season, getting active may seem out of the question. However, daily physical activity is essential for good health… for more reasons than one. It can strengthen your immune system, so you’re less likely to get sick during the colder months. It can help you maintain a healthy weight too, and it can even help reduce anxiety and depression.
So don’t give physical activity the cold shoulder this winter. Brrring on the holiday family fun with these 7 healthy, totally free winter family activities.Continue Reading
Need help eating healthy on a budget? Shape Your Future has tons of tasty recipes to help you and your family eat better all day… every day! Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, every meal should be built with nutrition in mind. The 10 recipes below will get you on the right track. They’re filled with healthy ingredients, plus, they’re all budget-friendly and super simple to make.
Give them a try today, and find dozens more yummy, low-cost recipes at ShapeYourFutureOK.com.
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright, but you can make it even brighter by making easy, nutritious choices, too! We know… healthy eating during the holidays may seem like a challenge. However, it doesn’t have to be with help from Shape Your Future!
Scroll down and learn how to eat healthy this holiday season with these 10 tips and recipes. You’ll fa-la-la-la-love them.Continue Reading
Just the thought of Thanksgiving dinner can make your mouth water. The tremendous, tender turkey roasting in the oven. The awesome aroma of flavorful veggies filling the air. The delicious pumpkin pie waiting to be sliced. It’s a fact that you’re going to enjoy some undeniably delicious food, but as you feast, it’s important to consider your health too.
Here are 10 simple tips on planning a healthier Thanksgiving dinner. Always remember… eat until you’re satisfied, not stuffed.
Thanksgiving dinner means three things… Lots of food. Lots of laughs. And lots of leftovers. While all Thanksgiving food is undoubtedly delicious, eating the same leftover feast day after day can get boring. Luckily, Shape Your Future has compiled a list of 10 creative ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers. You’ll find leftover turkey recipes, pumpkin recipes, unique ways to use leftover veggies and more.Continue Reading
Diabetes is a growing concern across Oklahoma. In the last 20 years, the diabetes rate among Oklahoma adults has more than tripled. It’s a disease that affects more than 330,000 people in the state, leading to a lifetime of pain, suffering and early death. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.Continue Reading
There’s no doubt you’ll be gobbling up some turkey on Thanksgiving Thursday. But what else will you put on your plate? Traditional Thanksgiving side dishes like mashed potatoes and dinner rolls may seem like no-brainers, but starchy foods like these are loaded with extra calories, especially when topped with butter.Continue Reading
It’s fall in Oklahoma, which means the leaves are changing… and falling too. Raking the leaves is one way to bag some physical activity with your family. Or you can get moving by toddling through a patch of pumpkins or even trick-or-treating amongst wild animals!Continue Reading
OKLAHOMA CITY (October 3, 2016)— Shape Your Future is encouraging students, families, communities and schools across Oklahoma to “walk n’ roll” during the 20th Annual Walk or Bike to School Day on October 5.
Especially in Oklahoma. Today, 17.3% of the state’s youth are obese or overweight. Obese children are more likely to be obese as adults, which places them at increased risk for a variety of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis.
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 22, 2016) – Choosing water over high-calorie sugary beverages could help slow the increase in childhood obesity in Oklahoma – where one in three youth is overweight or obese. Youth who are not at a healthy weight are at an increased risk for immediate health issues like bone or joint problems and sleep apnea, along with long-term health problems such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. They are also more likely to become obese adults.
Are you ready to walk n’ roll?!
Every October, thousands of schools across America drum up some fun and excitement on Walk or Bike to School Day. It’s a rockin’ way for kids to get their 60 minutes of physical activity for the day. Plus, they can band together with friends and connect with their communities along the way.Continue Reading
Most people are aware that raw meat, poultry and seafood carry risks of foodborne illness. But did you know you could also get sick from contaminated produce?
From red apples to green beans, blueberries, and everything in between, fruits and veggies are colorful, flavorful and powerful for your health. They’re naturally low in fat, calories and sodium and have no cholesterol. They contain plenty of vitamins, minerals and fiber that can help lower blood pressure, strengthen immune systems and prevent cancer.Continue Reading
For more than 30 years, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Parks and Recreation Month. But parks aren’t the sole focus. July has also been dubbed National Picnic Month. And this year, Shape Your Future is encouraging Oklahoma families to partake in Parks and Rec and Picnic Month.Continue Reading
Choosing water over sugary drinks supports a healthier weight, body and brain!
OKLAHOMA CITY (June 6, 2016) – Shape Your Future is an ongoing statewide health initiative supported by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). The overall goal of the Shape Your Future public education intervention is to encourage Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free, as Oklahoma ranks in the bottom 10 among states for rates of tobacco use and obesity.
Improve your health with simple changes this New Year
OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 29, 2015) –Want to find out what kinds of resolutions you could make to be healthier this New Year? Take the Shape Your Future “Goal Getter” quiz at ShapeYourFutureOK.com to find tips that are right for your lifestyle in 2016.Continue Reading
Tips to help build healthy habits for brighter futures
OKLAHOMA CITY – September 3, 2015 –To help bring awareness to National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month this September, Shape Your Future is providing tips and resources to help Oklahoma children live healthier lives.Continue Reading
More FREE Tools to Help Oklahoma Tobacco Users Quit
OKLAHOMA CITY – (September 3, 2015)– The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, has launched a new suite of services, providing more tools and enhanced resources to help Oklahomans quit tobacco. In addition to phone and web coaching, and patches, gum and lozenges for registered participants, the Helpline has added free text and email support. These innovative tools provide comprehensive, customizable options for Oklahomans who are considering quitting tobacco.
OKLAHOMA CITY (May 29, 2015) – During “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month” this June, Shape Your Future, a statewide health initiative funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), is encouraging Oklahomans to visit local farmers markets to support local produce and enjoy the taste and benefits of Oklahoma grown fruits and vegetables.
OKLAHOMA CITY (March 1, 2015) — March is National Nutrition Month, and with spring just around the corner, Shape Your Future, a statewide health initiative funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), encourages Oklahomans to spring into action to become healthier.Continue Reading
OKLAHOMA CITY (April 29, 2015) – Lace up those sneakers, fill up those water bottles and put on those bicycle helmets, because it’s time for the Shape Your Future Summer Challenge during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month this May.Continue Reading
OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 27, 2014) – This New Year, make a resolution to eat better and move more with Shape Your Future, a statewide campaign sponsored by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Simple changes like filling half your plate with fruits and veggies and moving 30 minutes each day can turn into lifelong healthy habits instead of quickly forgotten resolutions.Continue Reading
OKLAHOMA CITY (October 1, 2014) — Are you ready to walk? Shape Your Future is encouraging students, families, communities and schools across Oklahoma to “walk n’ roll” during Walk or Bike to School Day on October 8. Shape Your Future is a statewide health initiative funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) that encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free.Continue Reading