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10/26/2010

October Wellness Tips: Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference

The fall months are a time of great temptation with the increase of holiday sweets in the house, but it is also the perfect time to make little changes to your routine to stay active and healthy. Here are this month's wellness tips from Karin Richards, director of exercise science and wellness management:

* When choosing Halloween candy, go for the mini-sized candy bars over the fun-sized, which are a tad bigger. Also, choose candy you don't like for trick-or-treaters. It will help cut down on temptation.

* Know that it is okay to indulge in something sweet, but make sure to first eat a nutritious meal. You'll feel fuller and be less likely to go back for a second helping.

* Small changes each week can add up to big results: take the family for a walk after dinner to look at the beautiful autumn leaves or start a game of touch football in the backyard; park a little further from the store on your next grocery run; or skip the elevator and take the stairs.  You'll love the way you feel after burning these extra calories.

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