Sometimes — a lot of the time — it’s the small steps that get us headed in the right direction.
Small Steps is a small but effective, non-overwhelming Web site that appreciates that people have various challenges to living a healthy life, not the least of which is making a second career out of trying to live a healthy life. It offers quick tips and suggestions for being more physically active and eating better. The site is divided into two components:
Small Step Kids Goal: eat healthy but fun, move for at least 60 minutes a day. To that end, it offers fun, healthy, quick recipies — a strawberry yogurt shake that requires unsweetened pineapple juice, low-fat yogurt, unsweetened frozen strawberries, a touch of granulated sugar and a power tool, a blender! — and fun ways to move, such as “Daffy Duck” (which is actually freeze tag gussied up with a Loony Tunes character). There’s also a section for teachers to make the classroom healthier.
Small Step Adults and Teens This is where the time constraints of modern living are taken into consideration. There’s a tip of the day (Today’s: Use vegetable oils over solid fats), which suggest small steps that go a long way toward fixing bad habits and suggestions for small ways you can be more active, such as:
- Take the dog for a walk rather than just letting her out in the backyard.
- Take the stairs, not the elevator.
- Play with the kids, rather than sitting on a bench and watching them.
Small Steps: A simple Web site with simple suggestions that can make a difference.