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Keep Fit, Eat Healthy with 'Small Changes'

Posted on 11/30/17 by TheAARPBulletin, AARP Blog Author

Are you determined to keep those New Year’s resolutions on fitness and nutrition? Get some support from the Small Changes for Health program.

For the fourth consecutive year, AARP in St. Louis is collaborating with the city of St. Louis Department of Health to promote the free online program, which provides weekly exercise and nutrition tips and information. It runs from Jan. 19 through mid-March.

Program participants will learn, for example, how their bodies process carbohydrates and what constitutes good carbs.

“We’re hoping this will help people kick off the New Year in a healthy way,” said Sheila Holm, community outreach director for AARP in St. Louis.

There will be a focus on how to combine diet and exercise to achieve lasting results, and on ways to track progress other than stepping on the scale.

The tips are specific to people 50 and older, Holm said. Enrollees can set goals, complete weekly quizzes and earn badges.

When the program starts, participants should have good shoes for walking or running, light weights and a water bottle. At the end of the Small Changes program, a survey will show participants’ overall progress.

Go to aarp.org/stlouis to learn more about the program.—Katie Pohlman

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