Words on Wellness

Guest Column
By: 
Kelsey Salow
Human Sciences Specialist, ISU Extension & Outreach

Start Simple with MyPlate

     The newly updated MyPlate website can help you put the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-25, into practice. To get started, go to www.myplate.gov. Find out if you are making every bite count by taking the MyPlate Quiz. You will receive the following free, personalized resources:

     • Start Simple. MyPlate app will help you build healthier eating habits by setting goals. You can also sync your quiz results with the app.

     • MyPlate Plan provides a personalized plan for what and how much to eat from each food group. Join challenges, track your progress, and earn badges to celebrate successes.

     • MyPlate Kitchen puts your MyPlate plan into action using healthy, budget-friendly recipes.

Use a Food Thermometer

     Using a food thermometer ensures food is cooked to a safe temperature. You don’t rely on the color or texture of a food to determine if it’s safely cooked. For example, ground beef may turn brown before it reaches a temperature that kills germs. A hamburger cooked to 160°F is safe regardless of color. Use a food thermometer to make sure cold food is at or below 40°F and hot food is at or above 140°F.

     Food thermometers come in a variety of types and styles. Visit www.fsis.usda.gov for more information.

High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

     Have you heard about HIIT workouts? High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT) alternates bursts of high-intensity effort with short recovery periods. It improves overall fitness, heart health, and body fat. People of all fitness levels can try this type of training. You can use it in cycling, walking, swimming, and group exercise classes. Workouts are generally shorter. They also burn more calories in the two hours after the workout.

     Visit the American College of Sports Medicine, www.acsm.org, for more information on finding a HIIT program that is right for you.

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