Let the Healthy Family Challenge Begin!

The June issue of Family Circle magazine features the first month of the 2012 Healthy Family Challenge, in which two families compete in healthy challenges each month for 6 months. The families receive nutrition and fitness advice from various experts. On the nutrition side, I’ve been coaching the Lehman family, a family here in Des Moines, and a New York dietitian is working with a family in New Jersey.

I encourage you to follow the families through this 6-month journey, either at the Family Circle website or the magazine. I’ll be sharing lots of tips along with some recipes to help all families have a healthier lifestyle. You will also hear from each family (the Lehmans and the Avaglianos) and learn what obstacles they encounter with each challenge as well as how they overcame those obstacles. The moms of both families (Tiffany Lehman and Peggy Avagliano)  are keeping a blog at the Family Circle website so you can regularly check back and see how they’re doing. I’m also hosting a blog, which you can see here or if you’re on the main page, just look under “Team Lehman: Nutrition Advice from Stephanie Karpinske, RD.” Here you’ll find even more tips and advice about healthy cooking and nutrition.

The first challenge for each family is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Since almost nobody eats the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, this one is going to be tough. So how are they doing? Check out their blogs and follow along with the challenge. And if you’re feeling competitive, try the challenge yourself! Ask friends or family members to compete with you and by the end of 6 months, you, too, will be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

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