OSF offers tips for healthy holiday season

Wellness Coordinator Matt Janus at OSF St. James in Pontiac said one key for a healthy holiday season is controlling food portions. (Photo Pixabay)

 

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – It’s the time of year when food is prevalent and many people are in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  OSF St. James Wellness Coordinator Matt Janus has some tips to stay on track during the holidays.

“There’s going to be a lot of food during this time that might not be as healthy, so my best advice is just keep an eye on portion size,” he said. “So maybe instead of having multiple plates at dinner, just have one. Instead of a huge piece of pumpkin pie, have a smaller sliver.”

It can also be hard to find time for exercise with family and relatives in town.

“Even just making time for a two or five minute activity break every hour or so, that will go a huge way to achieving your goals,” Janus added.

Some suggestions, take a few laps around the house or neighborhood, and while washing the dishes, do some leg lifts.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com

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