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Healthy for Life! – Ready, Set, Go!
You want to lose weight, so let’s get going. Healthy for Life! is designed to jump-start your journey to a healthier you. How much you lose is ultimately your call – the more closely you follow the plan, the more you’ll likely loose.
Before you dive in, take a moment to determine if now is a good time to make big changes to your daily routine. Take the quiz and answer the questions honestly. If your results indicate that this isn’t a good time to try to lose weight, address those factors interfering with your plans.
Healthy for Life! Readiness Quiz
If most of your responses are:
- 1 and 2, then you’re probably ready to start the Healthy for Life! program.
- 2 and 3, consider whether you’re ready or if you should wait and take action to prepare yourself.
- 4, you may want to hold off on this journey. Consider contacting the Fitness and Wellness Division to discuss what you can do to increase your readiness.
To register for the Health Trip Healthy for Life! program, contact Liz Stovall at email@example.com or at 501-7556.
Next steps include:
- Preparing yourself, your kitchen and your workout gear to increase your chances of success.
- Setting up a tracking system and getting mentally prepared.
- Finding your inner motivation and selecting your start date.
Employee Health Services (EHS) offers individualized counseling regarding your nutritional journey.
This includes information on diabetes, high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and weight loss management.
Fitness & Wellness encourages employees to set up a 30-minute consultation with a staff fitness trainer for help with designing a nutrition and fitness plan for overall good health.
349 cals | Per serving
Original recipe yields 6 servings
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups dry lentils
- 8 cups water
- 1/2 cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste
Prep 15 mins | Cook 1 hour | Ready In 1 hrs 15 mins
In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve stir in spinach, and cook until it wilts. Stir in vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper, and more vinegar if desired.
Per Serving: 349 calories; 10 g fat; 48.2 g carbohydrates; 18.3 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 131 mg sodium.
Henrico County’s on-site cafeteria at the Western Government Center offers a variety of nutritious and health conscious options for employees at breakfast and lunch times. From a full, build-your-own, salad bar, grilled chicken and turkey burger options, along with steamed vegetables and low-fat yogurt, breakfast and lunch does not have to throw off your day.
Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
*Self-serve areas only open from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.