The most important step is to make sure that the goals are realistic and manageable in the short term. Basically, that means you are setting small goals that can be accomplished within a week or two. Setting 1 small goal each week and rewarding yourself when you accomplish it sets you up for success rather than failure. For example, if you or the family typically eats in front of the TV, the goal will be that you will all eat at the dinner table (with the TV off) 4 out of 7 days of the week. Once you have that mastered and it is part of the normal routine, increased the goal to 7 days a week. Small changes make a huge difference.
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How can I stay focused on my healthy nutrition goals?
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Do registered dietitians (RD) also have graduate degrees?
Cassie Vanderwall, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
It is important to identify sound sources for health information. Not all Registered Dietitians (RD's) have graduate degrees, but you can be sure that an RD is a trustworthy source for nutrition information. Also, it is important to note that not all nutritionists are RD's. The primary difference between an RD and a nutritionist is education.
A nutritionist may or may not have a degree or certificate. They are not required to completed supervised practice, a registration exam, or continuing education and therefore are not allowed to provide individualized nutrition education, or MNT. In fact you could be a nutritionist!
A registered dietitian has at least a Bachelor’s degree, has completed a dietetic internship with at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice, and passed a registered examination. RD's also complete 75 hours of professional education every five years to maintain their certification. Making RD's the nutrition expert!
Can watching videos affect a child's exercise experience?
HealthCorps answeredWe all know that exercise has a range of physical and mental benefits. That’s why kids (and adults) should exercise daily. A new study now suggests that watching nature scenes on video while exercising may offer additional health benefits.
The Conventry University study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health asked kids 9 and 10 years old to cycle at a moderate pace for about 15 minutes. In one cycling experience, they viewed a video of a forest track that paced in relationship to their cycling efforts. In another exercise experience, they just cycled without viewing any videos.
Measurements taken after viewing the video showed that post-activity blood pressure was significantly lower, compared to cycling without watching the simulated forest video. Lower blood pressure is associated with a lower risk of developing heart-related health problems. Experts suggest that it may be worthwhile to expose kids to these green, calming videos while they exercise.
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