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Five Ways to Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle

November 4, 2014 1:51 am

(Family Features) When you set out to make life changes such as weight loss or adopting a more active lifestyle, it can be tempting to look for shortcuts that expedite your path toward your end goal. However, long-term success is more attainable for those who take a slow and steady approach that puts health first.

"There are dozens of reasons people look to develop healthier eating habits, ranging from weight loss to disease prevention," said Rene Ficek, registered dietitian and nutrition expert for Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating (SSHE). "Regardless of the motivation, success begins with a well-balanced eating plan that is based on sound nutrition and physical activity."

Ficek offers this advice to individuals looking for a new approach to eating:
  • Adopting a healthy diet is the key to successful, long-term weight loss. A healthy diet provides adequate calories and nutrients to support your body's energy and nutritional needs while allowing you to shed an average of 1-2 pounds per week.
  • Be wary of diet plans that promise loss of five or more pounds per week, which is unrealistic and unhealthy.
  • Look for a meal plan that takes the guesswork out of eating right by serving calorie- and portion-controlled meals that reflect a well-balanced diet.
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. If you have been primarily sedentary, start slowly with a moderate walk each day, working up to more aggressive cardiovascular exercise and weight training to develop muscle.
  • Find ways to make your new lifestyle as convenient as possible, such as meal programs that save on grocery shopping and cooking time or gyms that specialize in short, well-rounded workouts.
Source: Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating

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Guard Financial Information Stored in Smartphones

November 3, 2014 4:24 am

With banking apps, note taking features and other platforms available on smartphones, users are increasingly susceptible to security breaches by way of stored financial information. If you access a bank account through an app or keep a list of answers to security questions in your phone, take precautions to protect yourself from identity theft and financial ruin.

1. Bank safely.
If you use a banking app, set it to require login information each and every time you sign in. Ensure your app is logged out and closed completely when you are finished.

2. Be cautious with email. If sending sensitive documents, such as tax returns or credit card information, do so at your own risk.

3. Swap passwords frequently. Change out your passwords on a regular basis, and do not use the same password for every financial account. Strengthen your password by using information that is in no way personal to you.

4. Download apps from reputable sources only. Reliable platforms include the iTunes store and Google Play. Be sure to read reviews before downloading.

5. Take note of permissions. Some apps request permissions that can do more harm than good. Do not hesitate to set specific consent parameters that keep the app from viewing too much information.

Source: Bankrate.com

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