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RAYSAC offers tips for a healthy lifestyle

July 18,2016 18:14

This month, RAYSAC is teaming up with Family Wellness Initiative (FWI) to provide helpful tips and ideas for creating healthy lifestyle habits for the entire family. FWI works to strengthen families in the Roanoke area by promoting positive family ...



Kathy Graham Sullivan of the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition has shared the latest RAYSAC Radar, which focuses on creating healthy lifestyle habits.

Habits for a healthy lifestyle

Summer is a great time for families to slow down, spend more time together and establish healthy habits. Starting healthy behaviors in the summer allows people to develop routines that will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle during busier months of the year, such as back-to-school time and the holidays. This month, RAYSAC is teaming up with Family Wellness Initiative (FWI) to provide helpful tips and ideas for creating healthy lifestyle habits for the entire family. FWI works to strengthen families in the Roanoke area by promoting positive family interactions. More information can be found at http://www.familywellnessinitiative.com/.

Eating better on a budget

Involving your children in food preparation will help them learn healthy eating habits.

Plan, plan, plan! Before you head to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week. Include meals like stews, casseroles or stir-fries, which “stretch” expensive items into more portions. Check to see what foods you already have and make a list for what you need to buy.

Get the best price. Check the local newspaper, online and at the store for sales and coupons and use loyalty cards. Look for specials or sales on meat and seafood – often the most expensive items on your list.

Compare and contrast. Locate the “unit price” on the shelf directly below the products. Use it to compare different brands and different sizes of the same brand to determine which is more economical.

Buy in bulk. It is almost always cheaper to buy foods in bulk. Smart choices are family packs of chicken, steak or fish and larger bags of potatoes and frozen vegetables. Before you shop, remember to check if you have enough freezer space.

Buy in season. Buying fruits and vegetables in season can lower the cost and add to the freshness! If you are not going to use them right away, buy some that still need time to ripen.

Get moving

There are many free and low-cost ways for your family to be active in our community!

The “Everyone Deserves a Y” program at the YMCA provides income-based membership for individuals, households and special programs like soccer, dance and basketball.

PLAY Roanoke (Roanoke Parks and Recreation) offers a variety of sports and activities. Scholarships are available for children.

For more tips and information on healthy eating on a budget, living an active lifestyle and links to the Family Wellness Initiative website, go to www.RAYSAC.org.

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