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Providence – Community Video

New Year, New You


Published on January 15th, 2013

Have you already let your New Year’s Resolution fall by the wayside? You’re not the only one, but it’s always a good time to pick up good habits and ditch the bad ones no matter the date. Want to make your family healthier and happier? There are plenty of places to enjoy time together and get active with your children here in Providence.

One campaign that is working to encourage families across the country to get healthy is First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move organization. Whether you’re at Knickerbocker park or strolling the Promenade, check out these goals and guidelines for physical activity and healthy lifestyle from Let’s Move:

For kids and teens (that’s anyone between 6 and 17 years), your goals are:

  • Physical activity: You need to be active 60 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks. As an alternative, you can count your daily activity steps using a pedometer (girls’ goal: 11,000; boys’ goal: 13,000).
  • Healthy eating: Each week, you’ll also focus on a healthy eating goal. There are eight to choose from, and each week you will add a new goal while continuing with your previous goals. By the end of the six weeks, you’ll be giving your body more of the good stuff it needs.

For adults (that’s anyone aged 18 and older), your goals are:

  • Physical activity: You need to be active 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks. As an alternative, you can count your daily activity steps using a pedometer (goal: 8,500).
  • Healthy eating: Each week, you’ll also focus on a healthy eating goal. There are eight to choose from, and each week you will add a new goal while continuing with your previous goals. By the end of the six weeks, you’ll be giving your body more of the good stuff it needs.