February Challenge Calendar Gives Heart Healthy Tips
Learn the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
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 February Challenge Calendar helps you learn the benefits of a heart healthy lifestyle. February is recognized nationally as heart health month, and the nutrition and exercise tips included on the calendar support heart healthy habits. The calendar encourages eating a balanced diet of foods such as fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy, whole grains, nuts, and seeds that provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. In addition, activities like walking, swimming, dancing and biking can play a part in reducing cholesterol levels. Like all muscles, the heart benefits from regular physical activity so it's a good idea to find activities you enjoy and get moving for 30-60 minutes at least five days a week. Use these monthly challenge calendars for inspiration and motivation for your healthy lifestyle goals. Download the calendar from the "Documents to Download" section below this article.
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.