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Lifestyle Tips: Your family wellness plan Eating better and exercising more: These two changes alone may prevent diabetes or delay its onset and complications. 77Learn to eat a well-balanced diet that is low in fat and simple sugars. Balance what you eat with the amount of physical activity you get each day. 77Find things you enjoy doing that will help you be more physically active. Exercise not only helps to prevent or delay diabetes, it also helps you to control your weight and make you feel better. 77 Getting more exercise doesn’t just mean going to the gym. Being more active in your everyday life is also important. Walk to more places. Take the steps rather than the elevator. 77 Choose some fun family physical activities to do, such as bike riding, playing tennis, walking or hiking. 77 Teach your family healthy cooking habits. Find ways to substitute healthier menu items for ones that are higher in calories, fat and cholesterol. For example, use 2 egg whites or ¼ cup egg substitute instead of 1 whole egg. Use herbs, lemon juice, onions or garlic instead of salt or fat to flavor your meals. Women who take up these healthful habits will serve as good role models for their children. Children are also at increased risk for type 2 diabetes due to higher rates of overweight and obese children. You’re making great progress! Take a short quiz on what you’ve learned so far. Click here to begin… 33


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