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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Way to a Better Life Contest

Improve your health in 2016 with the Way to a Better Life Contest.

Registration is now open.
Fill out the pdf. form and turn it in to City Hall or register online.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

At Home Challenge Weigh-In TONIGHT

The At Home Challenge ENDS TONIGHT. The At Home Challenge Weigh-In will be held at West Jordan City Hall from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The Top Male and Female of the At Home Challenge will each win a cash prize.

Winners will be announced at the 2015 Linda Buttars Memorial Fun Run


Monday, June 1, 2015

At Home Challenge Weigh-In TOMORROW Night


The At Home Challenge ENDS TOMORROW. The At Home Challenge weigh-in will be held at West Jordan City Hall from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The Top Male and Female of the At Home Challenge will each win a cash prize.

Winners will be announced at the 2015 Linda Buttars Memorial Fun Run

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

At Home Challenge - Week 6


Week 6 down of the At Home Challenge. This is the last week of the At Home Challenge weigh-in will be held at West Jordan City Hall from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The Top Male and Female of the At Home Challenge will each win a cash prize.

Winners will be announced at the 2015 Linda Buttars Memorial Fun Run.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Maintaining Weight Loss #8

Plan Ahead. Plan your meals, plan for ups and downs, plan for holidays and plan to feel great when you’ve made health a daily habit. If you can do what’s right 75 percent of the time, you’re going to succeed in the long run!
    Source: American Heart Association


    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Maintaining Weight Loss #7


    Weigh Less. Don’t get on the scales every day. Once a week is fine. Try measuring inches lost instead of pounds.

    Source: American Heart Association


    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    Maintaining Weight Loss #6

    Take Notes. As you plan your eating and activity strategies, keep records. What types of foods are you eating? How do the calories add up? How much are you moving? As you lose weight, record what works for you and what doesn't. Review your notes so you can change strategies if needed.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Maintaining Weight Loss #5

    Shop Smart. Start your food control at the grocery store. Shop on a full stomach, use a list, read the labels on every food you buy, and skip any food that is not part of your chosen eating plan.

    At Home Challenge - Week 2


    2 weeks down of the At Home Challenge. Keep up the good work!

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    Maintaining Weight Loss #4

    Step Up to the Challenge. Strap on a pedometer and find out how many steps you take each day. Gradually add just 250 steps per day averaged out over the week. That will give you a good start on a healthy routine of physical activity. Most sedentary adults take only 2,500 to 3,500 steps a day. Aim to add between 4,000 to 6,000 to whatever you are doing now, for a total of 10,000 or more each day. The more steps you take, the better.
      Source: American Heart Association


      Saturday, April 25, 2015

      Maintaining Weight Loss #3


      Stay Balanced. To maintain your weight, you must balance your intake of calories with the energy you burn. Just the difference of one 12-ounce soda (150 calories) versus at least 30 minutes of brisk walking on most days can add or subtract about 10 pounds to your weight each year!
      Source: American Heart Association

      Friday, April 24, 2015

      Maintaining Weight Loss #2

      Get Real. Losing 1 to 2 pounds a week is a realistic goal. Don’t burden yourself with unrealistic expectations. Talk with your healthcare professional to determine a healthy goal weight.

      Thursday, April 23, 2015

      Maintaining Weight Loss #1

      Get your head working and the middle will take care of itself!

      The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to understand what really motivates you. Once you’ve felt the initial excitement of losing the first few pounds, you must find a way to turn that enthusiasm into the willpower to stick with your eating plan. You will encounter both ups and downs as you learn to maintain your weight. To help you through the downs, you need coping strategies. Think about what you really want to achieve. That desire will help you turn your eating and exercise strategies into a lifestyle that leads to lifelong weight control.

      • Ask Questions. What gives you the strength to resist temptation? Can you form new habits that you can live with forever? What are the rewards of weight loss for you? How much do you want those rewards?
      Source: American Heart Association


      Wednesday, April 22, 2015

      Healthy Weight Tip #4

      Eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you’re full
      • Sit at a table to eat.
      • Slow down! Eating slowly lets you enjoy your food and gives your brain a chance to figure out when you’re full.
      • Put your fork down between most bites to help you slow down.
      • Pay attention to portion size.

      At Home Challenge - Week 1


      Week 1 down of the At Home Challenge. Keep up the good work!

      Tuesday, April 21, 2015

      Healthy Weight Tip #3

      Get rid of guilt.
      • Feeling guilty about eating a “bad” food or eating too much isn’t helpful.
      • Guilt is a type of negative thinking, and you can overcome it!
      • Instead, make a list of the foods that you feel most guilty about eating, and replace them with healthier foods or eat them less often and in smaller amounts.
      • Stop buying the foods that make you feel guilty. You can’t eat them if you don’t have them in the house.

        2015 WBL Finale at Gene Fullmer

        TONIGHT is the Finale for the 2015 Weigh Biggest Loser Contest. The finale will be held at 6:00pm at tthe Gene Fullmer Recreation Center (8015 S. 2200 W.).

        Join us for the opportunity to win some great prizes and celebrate all your hard work from the last 13 weeks!


        Monday, April 20, 2015

        Healthy Weight Tip #2

        Don’t skip meals
        • Skipping meals does not help you lose weight!
        • Your body needs a certain number of calories every day.
        • If you skip a meal, you will probably snack or eat more later.
        • Try to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.

        Saturday, April 18, 2015

        Saturday Walking/Running Group

        Walking / Running Group:
        • The WBL Walking/Running Group will be meeting at 9:00am on the Jordan River Parkway (1100 W. 7800 S.) just east of Gardner Village. Come join us!

        Friday, April 17, 2015

        Healthy Weight Tip #1

        Avoid emotional eating.
        • Don’t let strong feelings turn into weight gain.
        • Figure out what your eating triggers are.
        • Pay attention to how much and what you are eating.

          Thursday, April 16, 2015

          Back to the Basics #3

          Balance Food and Physical Activity

          What you eat is just one part of the energy balance equation. The other is your physical activity. Most of us take in more calories than we spend on our daily activities.

          Finding a healthier balance means fitting more activity into your day. The minimum for good health is 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day. To reach a healthy weight, you may need to be physically active longer (60 minutes a day) or participate in more intense activities. How much activity do you usually get now? If it's only 15 minutes, try adding a 15- or 20-minute walk during your lunch break.

          Source:
          American Dietetic Association

          Wednesday, April 15, 2015

          Back to the Basics #2


          Get the Most Nutrition from Your Calories

          The biggest nutrition problem for most Americans is posed by high-fat, high-sugar foods and drinks, such as snack foods, candies and soft drinks. Eating smarter does not mean you have to immediately go sugar-free and fat-free. You can make a big difference in your calorie intake by just eating and drinking smaller portions and by making empty calorie choices less often.

          The key is to moderate, not eliminate. Watching portion sizes is an easy way to cut back without cutting out. If you want to consume less sugar, limit your soft drink intake to one can a day and switch to sparkling water the rest of the time.

          Source:
          American Dietetic Association

          Optional: At Home Challenge


          AT HOME CHALLENGE: OPTIONAL
          This six week At Home Challenge gives you the opportunity to keep working toward your weight loss goals and also provide an opportunity to win additional prizes. Your final weight from the WBL contest will be your starting weight for the At Home Challenge. Anyone from the contest is eligible to participate regardless of number of weigh-ins missed during the contest.

          A weigh-in will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd at West Jordan City Hall from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This will be your final weight for the At Home Challenge. The Top Male and Female of the At Home Challenge will each win a cash prize.

          Winners will be announced at the 2015 Linda Buttars Memorial Fun Run.


          Tuesday, April 14, 2015

          Back to the Basics #1

          While there are plenty of ways to lose weight, maintaining your weight loss over the long term is often unsuccessful. If you've lost and found the same pounds several times before, it's probably time to go back to the basics of a healthy weight:
          • Prevention of weight gain or stopping recent weight gain can improve your health.
          • Health can improve with relatively minor weight reduction (5 percent to 10 percent of body weight).
          • Adopting a healthy lifestyle – eating smarter and moving more – can improve your health status even if you don't lose any weight at all.
          • If you want to maintain a healthy weight for the rest of your life, it's all about energy balance. Here are three basic steps for success:
          Make Smart Choices from Every Food Group

          Your body needs the right fuel for your hectic, stress-filled schedule. The best way to get what you need is to enjoy a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods that are packed with energy, protein, vitamins and minerals from all the MyPyramid food groups.

          Where can you find these smart choices? When you go shopping, look to the four corners of your supermarket:
          • Fruits and vegetables from the produce aisles
          • Whole grains from the bakery
          • Low-fat milk products from the dairy case
          • Lean proteins from the meat/fish/poultry department.

          Here's an easy way to eat more produce: Enjoy one fruit and one vegetable as a snack each day. It's quick, easy, tasty and very nutrient-rich.

          Source:
          American Dietetic Association

          FINAL WEIGH-IN TONIGHT at Gene Fullmer


          TONIGHT is the final weigh-in for the 2015 Weigh Biggest Loser Contest. The final weigh-in will be held at the Gene Fullmer Recreation Center (8015 S. 2200 W.) from 5:30pm-8:00pm. You can come by anytime during that block of time to complete your post-assessment testing. However, DOORS WILL NOT OPEN BEFORE 5:30PM.

          What to expect: 
          *Anticipate the post-assessments to take about 30 min. to complete.
          When you arrive at Gene Fullmer you will go through six stations:
          1- Check-In - Pick up your assessment form
          2- Weight - Weigh in for the your official final weight
          3- Body Composition - Body Fat percentage measured
          4- Waist Circumference Measurement
          5- After Photo
          6- Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Testing - *This station will take the longest so please be prepared to wait. 

          AT HOME CHALLENGE: OPTIONAL
          This six week At Home Challenge gives you the opportunity to keep working toward your weight loss goals and also provide an opportunity to win additional prizes. Your final weight from the WBL contest will be your starting weight for the At Home Challenge. Anyone from the contest is eligible to participate regardless of number of weigh-ins missed during the contest.

          A weigh-in will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd at West Jordan City Hall from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This will be your final weight for the At Home Challenge. The Top Male and Female of the At Home Challenge will each win a cash prize.

          Winners will be announced at the 2015 Linda Buttars Memorial Fun Run.

          Monday, April 13, 2015

          Measuring Success

          At the beginning of the contest we discussed how measuring inches lost or gained can be another way to measure success during your weight loss journey. Take some time now to measure yourself again and see what areas you have improved in. You might be surprised with the improvements you have made even if you haven't lost the number of lbs. you had hoped you would during the contest.


          Sunday, April 12, 2015

          Nutrition Challenge ENDS Today!

          Today is the END of the Nutrition Challenge! Turn in your tracker on Tuesday at the weigh-in for entry into the challenge prize drawing.




          Saturday, April 11, 2015

          Saturday Walking/Running Group

          Walking / Running Group:
          • The WBL Walking/Running Group will be meeting at 9:00am on the Jordan River Parkway (1100 W. 7800 S.) just east of Gardner Village. Come join us!

          Friday, April 10, 2015

          Improving Your Eating Habits #8

          8. Reinforce your new, healthy habits and be patient with yourself. Habits take time to develop. It doesn't happen overnight. When you do find yourself engaging in an unhealthy habit, stop as quickly as possible and ask yourself: Why do I do this? When did I start doing this? What changes do I need to make? Be careful not to berate yourself or think that one mistake "blows" a whole day's worth of healthy habits. You can do it! It just takes one day at a time!

          Source:
          Improving Your Eating Habits - CDC

          Thursday, April 9, 2015

          Improving Your Eating Habits #7


          7. Replace unhealthy habits with new, healthy ones. For example, in reflecting upon your eating habits, you may realize that you eat too fast when you eat alone. So, make a commitment to share a lunch each week with a colleague, or have a neighbor over for dinner one night a week. Other strategies might include putting your fork down between bites or minimizing other distractions (i.e. watching the news during dinner) that might keep you from paying attention to how quickly — and how much — you're eating.

          Here are more ideas to help you replace unhealthy habits:
          • Eat more slowly. If you eat too quickly, you may "clean your plate" instead of paying attention to whether your hunger is satisfied.
          • Eat only when you're truly hungry instead of when you are tired, anxious, or feeling an emotion besides hunger. If you find yourself eating when you are experiencing an emotion besides hunger, such as boredom or anxiety, try to find a non-eating activity to do instead. You may find a quick walk or phone call with a friend helps you feel better.
          • Plan meals ahead of time to ensure that you eat a healthy well-balanced meal.

          Wednesday, April 8, 2015

          Improving Your Eating Habits #6


          6. Ask yourself these questions for each "cue" you've circled:
          • Is there anything I can do to avoid the cue or situation? This option works best for cues that don't involve others. For example, could you choose a different route to work to avoid stopping at a fast food restaurant on the way? Is there another place in the break room where you can sit so you're not next to the vending machine?
          • For things I can't avoid, can I do something differently that would be healthier? Obviously, you can't avoid all situations that trigger your unhealthy eating habits, like staff meetings at work. In these situations, evaluate your options. Could you suggest or bring healthier snacks or beverages? Could you offer to take notes to distract your attention? Could you sit farther away from the food so it won't be as easy to grab something? Could you plan ahead and eat a healthy snack before the meeting?

          Tuesday, April 7, 2015

          Improving Eating Habits #5

          5. Circle the "cues" on your list that you face on a daily or weekly basis. Going home for the Thanksgiving holiday may be a trigger for you to overeat, and eventually, you want to have a plan for as many eating cues as you can. But for now, focus on the ones you face more often.

          Source:
          Improving Your Eating Habits - CDC


          Final Week - FINAL Weigh-In Next Tuesday!


          Next Tuesday is the final weigh-in for the 2015 Weigh Biggest Loser Contest. The final weigh-in will be held at the Gene Fullmer Recreation Center (8015 S. 2200 W.) from 5:30pm-8:00pm. You can come by anytime during that block of time to complete your post-assessment testing. However, DOORS WILL NOT OPEN BEFORE 5:30PM.

          What to expect: 
          *Anticipate the post-assessments to take about 30 min. to complete.
          When you arrive at Gene Fullmer you will go through six stations:
          1- Check-In - Pick up your assessment form
          2- Weight - Weigh in for the your official final weight
          3- Body Composition - Body Fat percentage measured
          4- Waist Circumference Measurement
          5- Before Photo
          6- Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Testing - *This station will take the longest so please be prepared to wait.

          If you are unable to attend the FINAL WEIGH-IN and need to schedule an alternate weigh-in, contact Tawnee Tucker at ttucker@slco.org

          Week 12 Weigh-In



          Week 12 Weigh-In Tonight at West Jordan City Hall (8000 S. Redwood Rd.) The weigh-in will be held from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Come anytime during the 2 hour block.

          Walking / Running Group:


        • The WBL Walking/Running Group will be meeting at Gene Fullmer at 6:00pm to start the walk either indoors on the walking track or outdoors in Veteran's Memorial Park depending on the weather. 


        • SEE YOU TONIGHT!!!

          Monday, April 6, 2015

          Improving Your Eating Habits #4

          4. Create a list of "cues" by reviewing your food diary to become more aware of when and where you're "triggered" to eat for reasons other than hunger. Note how you are typically feeling at those times. Often an environmental "cue", or a particular emotional state, is what encourages eating for non-hunger reasons.

          Common triggers for eating when not hungry are:
          • Opening up the cabinet and seeing your favorite snack food.
          • Sitting at home watching television.
          • Before or after a stressful meeting or situation at work.
          • Coming home after work and having no idea what's for dinner.
          • Having someone offer you a dish they made "just for you!"
          • Walking past a candy dish on the counter.
          • Sitting in the break room beside the vending machine.
          • Seeing a plate of doughnuts at the morning staff meeting.
          • Swinging through your favorite drive-through every morning.
          • Feeling bored or tired and thinking food might offer a pick-me-up.

          Saturday, April 4, 2015

          Saturday Walking/Running Group

          Walking / Running Group:
          • The WBL Walking/Running Group will be meeting at 9:00am on the Jordan River Parkway (1100 W. 7800 S.) just east of Gardner Village. Come join us!

          Friday, April 3, 2015

          Improving Your Eating Habits #3

          3. Look at the unhealthy eating habits you've highlighted. Be sure you've identified all the triggers that cause you to engage in those habits. Identify a few you'd like to work on improving first. Don't forget to pat yourself on the back for the things you're doing right. Maybe you almost always eat fruit for dessert, or you drink low-fat or fat-free milk. These are good habits! Recognizing your successes will help encourage you to make more changes.

          Source:

            Thursday, April 2, 2015

            Improving Your Eating Habits #2

            2. Highlight the habits on your list that may be leading you to overeat. Common eating habits that can lead to weight gain are:
            • Eating too fast
            • Always cleaning your plate
            • Eating when not hungry
            • Eating while standing up (may lead to eating mindlessly or too quickly)
            • Always eating dessert
            • Skipping meals (or maybe just breakfast)

            Source:

            Wednesday, April 1, 2015

            Improving Your Eating Habits #1


            When it comes to eating, we have strong habits. Some are good ("I always eat breakfast"), and some are not so good ("I always clean my plate"). Although many of our eating habits were established during childhood, it doesn't mean it's too late to change them.
            Making sudden, radical changes to eating habits such as eating nothing but cabbage soup, can lead to short term weight loss. However, such radical changes are neither healthy nor a good idea, and won't be successful in the long run. Permanently improving your eating habits requires a thoughtful approach in which you Reflect, Replace, and Reinforce.
            • REFLECT on all of your specific eating habits, both bad and good; and, your common triggers for unhealthy eating.
            • REPLACE your unhealthy eating habits with healthier ones.
            • REINFORCE your new, healthier eating habits.

            Reflect, Replace, Reinforce: A process for improving your eating habits

            1. Create a list of your eating habits. Keeping a food diary for a few days, in which you write down everything you eat and the time of day you ate it, will help you uncover your habits. For example, you might discover that you always seek a sweet snack to get you through the mid-afternoon energy slump. It's good to note how you were feeling when you decided to eat, especially if you were eating when not hungry. Were you tired? Stressed out?

            Tuesday, March 31, 2015

            Healthy Meal Tips

            10 tips for healthy meals

            A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. Think about how you can adjust the portions on your plate to get more of what you need without too many calories. And don’t forget dairy—make it the beverage with your meal or add fat-free or low-fat dairy products to your plate.
            1. Make half your plate veggies and fruits. Vegetables and fruits are full of nutrients and may help to promote good health. Choose red, orange, and darkgreen vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.
            2. Add lean protein. Choose protein foods, such as lean beef and pork, or chicken, turkey, beans, or tofu. Twice a week, make seafood the protein on your plate.
            3. Include whole grains. Aim to make at least half your grains whole grains. Look for the words “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” on the food label. Whole grains provide more nutrients, like fiber, than refined grains.
            4. Don’t forget the dairy. Pair your meal with a cup of fat-free or low-fat milk. They provide the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but less fat and calories. Don’t drink milk? Try soymilk (soy beverage) as your beverage or include fat-free or low-fat yogurt in your meal.
            5. Avoid extra fat. Using heavy gravies or sauces will add fat and calories to otherwise healthy choices. For example, steamed broccoli is great, but avoid topping it with cheese sauce. Try other options, like a sprinkling of low-fat parmesan cheese or a squeeze of lemon.
            6. Take your time. Savor your food. Eat slowly, enjoy the taste and textures, and pay attention to how you feel. Be mindful. Eating very quickly may cause you to eat too much. 
            7. Use a smaller plate. Use a smaller plate at meals to help with portion control. That way you can finish your entire plate and feel satisfied without overeating.
            8. Take control of your food. Eat at home more often so you know exactly what you are eating. If you eat out, check and compare the nutrition information. Choose healthier options such as baked instead of fried.
            9. Try new foods. Keep it interesting by picking out new foods you’ve never tried before, like mango, lentils, or kale. You may find a new favorite! Trade fun and tasty recipes with friends or find them online.
            10. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Indulge in a naturally sweet dessert dish—fruit! Serve a fresh fruit cocktail or a fruit parfait made with yogurt. For a hot dessert, bake apples and top with cinnamon.

            Week 11 Weigh-In



            Week 11 Weigh-In Tonight at West Jordan City Hall (8000 S. Redwood Rd.) The weigh-in will be held from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Come anytime during the 2 hour block.

            Walking / Running Group:


          • The WBL Walking/Running Group will be meeting at Gene Fullmer at 6:00pm to start the walk either indoors on the walking track or outdoors in Veteran's Memorial Park depending on the weather. 


          • SEE YOU TONIGHT!!!

            Monday, March 30, 2015

            Intuitive Eating Principle #10

            10. Honor Your Health--Gentle Nutrition. Make food choices that honor your health and taste buds while making you feel well. Remember that you don't have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It's what you eat consistently over time that matters, progress not perfection is what counts.

            Saturday, March 28, 2015

            Saturday Walking/Running Group

            Walking / Running Group:
            • The WBL Walking/Running Group will be meeting at 9:00am on the Jordan River Parkway (1100 W. 7800 S.) just east of Gardner Village. Come join us!

            Friday, March 27, 2015

            Intuitive Eating Principle #9

            9. Exercise--Feel the Difference. Forget militant exercise. Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise. If you focus on how you feel from working out, such as energized, it can make the difference between rolling out of bed for a brisk morning walk or hitting the snooze alarm. If your only goal is to lose weight, it's usually not a motivating factor in that moment of time.

            Thursday, March 26, 2015

            Intuitive Eating Principle #8

            8. Respect Your Body. Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally as futile (and uncomfortable) to have the same expectation with body size. But mostly, respect your body, so you can feel better about who you are. It's hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape.

            Wednesday, March 25, 2015

            Intuitive Eating Principle #7

            7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food. Find ways to comfort, nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won't fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food hangover, but food won't solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run. You'll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating.

            Tuesday, March 24, 2015

            Intuitive Eating Principle #6

            6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor. The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living. In our fury to be thin and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence--the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting and conducive, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to   decide you've had "enough."