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Extension workshops will focus on staying active, healthy

4/19/2013

Special to The Hays Daily News

Ellis County Extension will offer three "Eat Healthy-Be Active" workshops from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 and May 6 at the Extension office, 601 Main.

The instructor for the workshops is Isaac Broeckelman, Fort Hays State University student. The free workshops are offered in conjunction with Walk Kansas, but are open to anyone who would like to attend. Participants can attend one or more of the workshops as desired. For more information or to RSVP, call (785) 628-9430 or email el@listserv.ksu.edu.

Dates and topics include:

* Monday: Tips for losing weight and keeping it off. Healthy eating and physical activity work hand in hand to help us live healthier lives. The workshop will give tips for losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight. Learn how to determine your body mass index and the amount of calories you need each day for a healthy weight. Also learn weight loss strategies such as tips to eat less, keep track of what you eat, rethink your drinks and add activity to your day.

* April 29: Make heathy eating part of your total lifestyle. Small changes can make a big difference. The session will use the "go, slow, whoa" concept for foods that should be eaten regularly and those that should be eaten only occasionally. Learn to choose more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, less sodium and added sugar, and use the nutrition facts label as a guide to healthier eating.

* May 6: Physical activity is key to living well. The session will feature benefits of regular physical activity and recommendations for aerobic and strengthening activities. Learn simple strengthening exercises you can do at home with minimal equipment.