Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ways to Eat Right and Keep Moving in Tough Economic Times

Wellness is a priority for most families. Many people are trying to make changes to eat healthier and be more active, but in these tough economic times, it can be difficult to maintain healthy lifestyles and keep families well. One strategy Maria Capps used was group personal training. She would get together with a few of her friends and a personal trainer and they would split the cost of the personal trainer, a great way to get the benefits of a personal trainer without the expense. However, after her husband lost his job, this was a luxury they could no longer afford. One of her daughters is involved in volleyball, and they still intend to nurture that, and she is keeping her youngest in gymnastics. While these are costly activities, they are too important for the Capps family give up, so they save elsewhere.

Park Districts offer many free and low cost opportunities for families to keep moving. Amy Doll, Aquatic, Tennis and Fitness Manager at the Champaign Park District shares some of those opportunities.

The Dodds family is a family that runs together. They were at the C-U on the Trails run, and I had seen them at another trail run, so I asked Janelle, of Tolono, IL about how they stay healthy.