Proper Nutrition and Regular Exercise Can Reduce Stress
April Calendar Available For Download
Join The Rapides Foundation Get Healthy Cenla Challenge, a daily challenge designed to encourage people to improve their nutrition and physical activity. Our goal is for everyone to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, five days a week.
The April Challenge Calendar focuses on stress management. Studies show implementing healthy behaviors through proper nutrition and regular exercise can help reduce stress in our fast-paced lives. The way we manage stress can have a huge impact on our health. Crashing on the couch isn't the answer. Sweat it out instead! Exercise gets us breathing deeper, which triggers the body's relaxation response. Find the time to explore the yoga pose of the day. Adding yoga stretches into your day will help you reduce stress, increase flexibility and strengthen your muscles. Click here to download the April Challenge Calendar.
In addition to our calendar, we have even more resources to help you meet your health goals. You can click here to see videos about how to eat healthier, simple exercises you can add to your workout, and tips for proper walking techniques on our YouTube channel. Links to all of these resources are also in the "More Links" section below this article.
The challenges on our calendar are prepared by trained staff in our CMAP Healthy Lifestyle Program. They are designed to be simple and realistic. If you find the challenges too easy, try doubling the amounts. If they are too hard, don't worry. Do what you can, and have fun!
Would you like some quick and easy vegetable prep tips to help you with the nutrition challenges on the calendar? Check out our vegtogether.org website for lots of tasty and quick ways to prepare veggies..
The Get Healthy Cenla Challenge is a component of the Healthy Lifestyle Program. This is a program aimed at fighting obesity in Central Louisiana by providing Cenla residents with resources to lead healthy lifestyles. Talk to your doctor for a referral to the Healthy Lifestyle Program, or call 318-767-3019 for more information. The Healthy Lifestyle Program is funded by The Rapides Foundation and administered by CMAP. Click here to learn more about the Healthy Lifestyle Program.