Lifestyles Healthchoice Newsletter!
Childhood obesity is a complex health issue and serious problem in the United States. Despite recent declines among preschool-aged children, obesity among children is still too high. For children and adolescents aged 2-19 years, the prevalence of obesity has remained fairly stable at about 17% and affects about 12.7 million children and adolescents for the past decade. The main causes of excess weight in youth are similar to those in adults, including individual causes such as behavior and genetics. Behaviors can include dietary patterns, physical inactivity, medication use, and other exposures. Additional contributing factors in our society include the food and physical activity environment, education, and food marketing & promotion.
Steak & Sriracha Lettuce Wraps
▾ 1lb. fajita strips, diced into 1/2 bites
▾ large onion, diced
▾ 3 cloves garlic, diced
▾ 1 bell pepper, diced
▾ 2 tbsp. sriracha
▾ 2 tsp coconut aminos
▾ drizzle, sesame oil
▾ green onions, to garnish ▾ handful pea shoots
▾ large iceberg, romaine or other lettuce leaves
2. Add fajita meat and cook on high for about 2 minutes, tossing occasionally.
3. Add onions and peppers and continue to cook on high, occasionally tossing, until browned- about 5 minutes.
4. Add garlic, then sesame oil, sriracha, and coconut aminos and pea shoots.
5. When steak and veggies are well coated and sauce has been absorbed, remove from heat.
6. Spoon into lettuce cups and top with diced green onions.
7. Serve warm and enjoy!
Protect Your Back
It is important to follow proper lifting guidelines to prevent back injuries. The lower back (lumbar curve)bears most of the body’s weight and carries the stresses of daily living. Here are some general tips on how to avoid back injuries:
1. Assessing the situation before lifting will help you determine how to do the lift safely and what equipment
2. Determine if you need additional personnel. Call for additional personnel before attempting a heavy lift.
3. Use lifting assistant equipment if needed. Determine what lifting devices you have and learn how to use them.
4. Communicate with your other team members. Team members need to work together when lifting. Inform your team member when you will start the lift so you and your partner will be lifting together.
5. Keep yourself in good shape. Back injuries happen more frequently when you have a weak back and abdominal muscles. Do strength training to keep arms, legs, back and shoulders strong. Include abdominal exercise such as crunches to keep the stomach muscles strong. This helps stabilize the back. Walking and swimming are excellent ways to work out, too.
You may also reach the HealthChoice Works team by calling 407-481-7200 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
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