Small Changes for Health (SCFH) 2017 is a program that aims to get everyone on the right track to living a healthy lifestyle by pairing eating healthy foods with getting the recommended levels of physical activity.
Healthy eating coupled with regular physical activity is a solid foundation for good health and the reduction of chronic disease risk. Additionally, good nutrition coupled with appropriate physical activity is the best way to get to, or maintain, a healthy weight. At the end of the SCFH 2017 program, participants will be on their way to improved health.
Small Changes for Health is based on making small changes weekly in order to create big changes that will last a lifetime. Each week participants are asked to adopt two small changes: one is focused on improving your nutrition, and the second is focused on increasing your physical activity. The idea is to build your capacity each week until you are eating a healthier diet and meeting national recommendations for physical activity. The program lasts for 10 weeks.
Each week SCFH participants will receive an email that highlights that week's changes. Participants can log into the site to access all the information on the changes. Each week there is also a corresponding handout or resource which gives participants additional information about the changes to be made.
It is suggested that you do a few things to prepare for this program:
- Check with your doctor to ensure you are cleared for physical activity.
- Get yourself a good pair of shoes for walking or running.
- Get some light weights to use for weight-bearing activities. (Note: Canned foods or full water jugs can be used; resistance bands can also work.)
- Get yourself a reusable water bottle so that you can carry water with you.
- Purchase some fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds to incorporate into healthy meals and snacks.