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Achieving a Healthy Weight

Most healthcare experts agree that achieving a healthy weight is one of the best ways to contribute to overall good health. Achieving that weight is where it can be confusing and challenging. This section offers a selection of helpful tools including calculators, online apps, trackers and informational resources to help anyone interested in doing more towards achieving their own healthy weight.

Informational Resources

  • Rush-Copley Walking Club - Walk Your Way to a Healthier You with these walking resources and tool kit to start your own walking club.
  • Choose My Plate - MyPlate was developed to promote healthy eating.  Interactive tools includes personal calculation and tracking tools, games and worksheets, and sample menu plans.
  • 5-4-3-2-1-Almost None! - recommendations for children and families to promote a healthy lifestyle: 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, 4 servings of water a day, 3 structured meals a day - eat breakfast, enjoy more meals prepared at home and less fast food, 2 or less hours of screen time a day, 1 or more hours of physical activity a day, almost none - limit sugar-sweetened drinks to almost none.
  • WebMD - blends award-winning expertise in medicine, journalism, health communication and content creation to bring you the best health information possible.
  • Physical Activity - learn more about the CDC's strategies to increase physical activity at home, in the workplace and in your community.
  • Let's Move - initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama, this initiative is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years.
  • Eat Right Tips - check out these Eat Right videos from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offering advice ranging from eating right for older adults to suggestions to healthy snacks for kids.
  • Healthy eating, healthy lifestyle - read pediatrician Dr. Nicole Keller's blog post for tips on eating healthy and ways to stay fit and active.

Eating Healthy on a Budget - Learn about how planning, purchasing and preparing can help you make quality meals while allowing you to stay within a budget. Choose My Plate | Food Network | SparkPeople

Portion Guide - portion size is important to tracking calories and maintaining a health weight. This tool outlines easy serving size guidelines and provides printable portion size guides for your wallet or fridge.

Healthy Recipes - Making meals that are both healthy and taste great promote a healthy weight and help prevent disease. EatingWell | Healthy Family Meals Cookbook | Heart Healthy Favorites

The Tool Kit - Calculators, Calorie Counters and More

There’s a saying, “to do the job right, you need the right tools.” When it comes to addressing weight issues, the right tools can make a world of difference in how a healthy weight strategy is established. Here are interactive tools that make creating healthy weight goals easier.

Track + Action = Traction with Logs, Journals and Diaries

People lead busy lives and keeping healthy weight goals in sight and accountable is a proven way to ensure compliance or correct areas where lapses may occur. These downloadable trackers are a convenient way to document your progress.

News You Can Use - Straight to Your Email

Choosing to make lifestyle changes isn’t easy but it is the first step in achieving your goals. Receiving regular information via your inbox is a great way to stay current on the latest nutrition and fitness as well as other health information. Check out these links to subscriptions to round out your wellness IQ.

YouFIT
Fitness. Information. Transformation.

Achieving a healthy weight may seem impossible and after fad diets and no results are you ready to try something else?  Experts from Rush-Copley Medical Group and the Healthplex have teamed up to create a healthy weight lifestyle program where, "YouFIT."  This program is different because it emphasizes the importance of combining physical activity and nutritional guidance along with tools and techniques to help remove barriers to success and help transform you.

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Healthy Apps

If you have a smart phone, chances are you have apps. We’ve collected a number of useful apps to help you keep your healthy weight goals with you to connect wherever and whenever needed.