Wish Congratulations and Well-Being with Healthy Gifts

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 | 07:00pm

Nashville, June 1, 2006

Another gift giving season is at hand. It may not be Christmas, but as the weather gets warmer, celebrations from graduations to baby and wedding showers call for presents. Show your congratulations with a gift that shows best wishes for a long, healthy life.

In the kitchen:

  • Cookbooks with healthful recipes
  • Rice and/or vegetable steamer
  • Slow cooker with easy and good-for-you recipes
  • Roasting pan with a meat rack for low-fat cooking
  • Nonstick baking dishes to help cut down on added fat with utensils made for those baking dishes to keep them in good shape for years
  • Microwave dish sets that can be used for both cooking and storing
  • Fresh spices and herbs in colorful containers
  • Countertop grilling machine
  • Juicer with recipes for 100 percent fruit juice concoctions
  • Bread maker with whole-grain recipes
  • Nutrition consultation or nutrition classes

 Get moving:

  • Gift certificate to a sports or fitness store
  • Workout DVDs or videos
  • Gym membership for six months or a year
  • Appointment with a personal trainer
  • Exercise bands
  • Fitness ball
  • Jogging stroller
  • How-to book on hiking, camping, running, exercise with baby or other types of physical activity
  • MP3 player or portable radio with armband
  • Latin dance, fitness, sports, health or yoga classes

Another idea is to sign up a friend for Respect Your Health! Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Health, Respect Your Health! is a free seven-week program that encourages Tennesseans to pledge to improve their health by developing and executing weekly exercise and food goals. Participants sign a pledge card, promising to try to include 30 minutes of physical activity every day; make healthy food choices and avoid high-fat foods; and develop existing or build new relationships with a primary care physician. While supplies last, a food diary and exercise log booklet, Respect Your Health! wristband and refrigerator magnet are provided for participants to maintain their motivation. To sign up for the program, visit the Respect Your Health! Web site at http://www.tennessee.gov/health/respectyourhealth/index.htm.

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