Words on Wellness

Guest Column
Rachel Wall
Nutrition & Health Specialist, ISU Extension & Outreach

 A New Face for Spend Smart. East Smart.

     You can choose healthy foods and stick to your budget–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Website is here to help!

     Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Has helped shoppers save money and make healthy choices for more than seven years. We are proud to announce a brand new design for the website that is more modern, simpler to navigate, and functional on all your devices.

     Whether your goal is to eat healthier, plan your family’s meals, or save money at the grocery store, you can find tools to make it easier on Spend Mart. Eat Smart. The website is home to the following:

     More than 150 recipes that are delicious, inexpensive, and easy to prepare

     How-to videos featuring recipes, kitchen organization tips, and basic food-prep techniques

     Strategies for saving money in each part of the grocery store

     Meal-planning templates and resources

     A grocery budget calculator to help you determine how much to spend at the store

     Visit the website spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu today to connect with us through our blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Keep Movin’ in the New Year

     The cold weather, along with snow and ice, can make it hard to move outside. Don’t let the cold winter months discourage you into cutting back on your exercise routine. If you don’t currently have an exercise routine, there is no time like the New Year to get started.

     Consider these indoor activities:

     Walk at your local mall or your building’s hallways during lunch or coffee breaks

     Take the stairs whenever possible

     Follow an exercise DVD rather than watching a movie

     Do chair exercises while watching the television

     Whatever activity you choose, you’ll burn extra calories instead of storing them. The key to an active family is finding fun things to do in every season. Aim for a goal of 30 minutes of moderate activity daily for adults and 60 minutes for kids–no matter the weather.


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