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EXTENSION PROGRAM

Healthy Weight for Life

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Fact Sheet

Research has shown that maintaining a healthy weight can contribute to greater overall health and well-being.

Achieving a healthy weight involves: • Making small life-style modifications that include adopting healthy nutrition and moderate physical activities for at least 150 minutes per week • Setting achievable and measurable goals like losing one to two pounds per week • Eating well-balanced meals (three meals and two snacks or six small meals per day) • If you feel sleepy right after you eat, you must have eaten too much. Cut down on your next meal.

• Listening to your body. When you eat an unhealthy meal, your body will react negatively -- an upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, tiredness and just a general ill feeling.

• Paying close attention to sugar content in the foods and drinks you consume daily. Women should consume about no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar and men about 9 teaspoons per day.

This Fact sheet is provided by: Edith Ezekwe, MS, RD, LD, MT (ASCP) Extension Nutrition Specialist/ Instructor, Nutrition and Dietetics Department of Human Sciences Alcorn State University Phone: 601.877.6258 Fax: 601.877.3960

• Consuming too much salt will contribute to retention of fluid which can promote high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease. Strive for no more than ¾ of a teaspoon daily for salt consumption.

Alcorn State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability in delivery of programs and is an equal opportunity employer.

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