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1 Healthy Eating and Exercise on a Budget Presented by: Julie Chobdee, MPH Wellness Program Coordinator for Academic and Staff

2 Healthy Eating and Exercise on a Budget During these difficult economic times, how can you overcome the many obstacles to maintaining good health without hurting your wallet? Learn strategies to eat healthy on a budget and exercises that can be done without any expensive fitness equipment.

3 Healthy Eating on a Budget Budgeting and Planning: Each week or month determine how much you can spend for food. Plan meals and snacks for your family before you go shopping. Use the foods you have on hand first and use any leftovers the during the week. Use coupons ONLY if they make items you usually buy cost even less. Always check newspaper ads or store flyers for weekly specials. Can you make time for some prep work in the kitchen? Investing a little time can mean big savings. Pre-cut broccoli florets are twice as expensive per pound as whole broccoli.

4 Healthy Eating on a Budget Shopping Strategies: Shop the perimeter of the store for healthy produce, meats and dairy. Use the unit price to compare costs between brands and different sized packages. Unit prices are displayed on the shelf below the foods and tells you how much the food costs per ounce. Choose generic whenever possible. Check higher or lower shelves for cheaper items because more expensive items are kept at eye-level. Watch for mistakes at the checkout line and always double check your receipt and change. Check the ethnic food aisles. You may find items at a lower price. Ask how promotions work (e.g., 5 for $5)

5 Healthy Eating on a Budget Shopping Strategies: Steer clear of junk food. Empty calories from chips and sweets are no bargain. Use your food dollars to buy nutrient-rich food to fuel your body. Pop over to the bakery. Check out your stores bakery counter. Store-made baked goods are often cheaper and fresher than are commercial brands. Be smart about organics. Organic often means expensive. So opt only for organic produce that tends to harbor pesticides when grown traditionally, such as peaches, strawberries and peppers.

6 Healthy Eating on a Budget Eating Fruits and Vegetables: Buy apples, oranges, grapefruit, potatoes, onions, etc., by the bag vs. by piece. Buy in season. Itll be cheaper and taste fresher. Canned and frozen fruits can cost less than fresh and are just as nutritious because they are packaged at their peak of freshness. Make fruit last longer by freezing it Berries are perfect for this. When buying canned foods, choose those that are packed in juice and low sodium. Avoid buying bagged/washed lettuce, cabbage and carrots; it costs more but you get less quantity.

7 Healthy Eating on a Budget Whole Grains/Carbohydrates: Oatmeal is nutritious and economical. Check out the day old breads and bagels (a great value and still fresh). Buy cereals and grains without fancy packaging (in bulk) to store in airtight containers. Whole wheat pasta is healthier but more expensive than white, so use a little of each.

8 Healthy Eating on a Budget Eating Lean Proteins: Buy Less-Prepared Protein Season, marinate, de-skin your own meat. Occasionally replace meat with other less expensive protein sources like eggs and beans. Use canned fish and chicken for sandwiches, enchiladas, casseroles, and salads. Extend your protein dollars by eating two or more meatless meals weekly. Use less meat in soups, stews, chili, and spaghetti sauce. Stretch your food dollars further by using more veggies, potatoes, or rice.

9 Healthy Eating on a Budget Dairy: Used dried milk powder for recipes, use fluid milk for drinking (choose skim or 1%). Buy block cheese and shred it yourself for recipes (versus pre- shredded). Buy large containers of plain or vanilla yogurt, then add real fruit. You'll save money and calories by not buying fancy single-serve yogurts.

10 Healthy Eating on a Budget More Healthy on Eating on a Dime: Bring Your Own Lunch To Work Bringing leftovers is a great way to save time and money. Buy a Filter for Your Tap Water instead of buying bottled water. Make Your Own Coffee Save approximately $1500 if you cut out the daily coffee runs! Buy Healthy Snacks in Bulk and package yourself into little baggies. Stock up on non-perishables when they go on sale (soup, granola bars). Make More. When cooking a big meal, make extra to freeze, or use later in the week for lunches or quick suppers. Double recipes, then freeze half.

11 Healthy Eating on a Budget Dining Out: Save leftovers for lunch the next day Reduce portion sizes – eat less, pay less! Share your meal Limit your dining out, especially when it comes to fast food, since youll find yourself spending unnecessarily on items that are high in fat, salt, and calories.

12 Healthy Eating on a Budget Creative Ways to Eat Healthy and Save: Plant a fresh fruit and vegetable garden is a small investment for a large amount of produce! Start a Healthy Lunch Club at work share healthy recipes and trade cooking duties! Visit local farmers markets get fresh, local produce without breaking the bank! Do It Yourself. If youre really craving a special treat, make it yourself. You can make it from healthier ingredients and spend less. Group Ideas/Sharing!!!

13 Getting Fit For Less Choose Workouts that Work Ensure all your major muscle groups are targeted at least once each week and no more than three times a week. Include minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise three to five times a week Stretch daily to improve both strength and flexibility Always begin every workout with a few simple stretches and always end with at least two to three minutes of stretching

14 Getting Fit For Less Cardiovascular/Aerobic Exercise: Walking Take a walk anytime, anywhere. Brisk walking for 30 minutes a day is a great calorie-burning exercise. Jogging or Running increase the intensity and burn more calories and improve your cardiovascular health. Swimming Swimming is one of the most high calorie burning exercises there is. Most neighborhoods have a community pool that is close to where you live. Dancing Dancing is a fun way to burn extra calories! Stairs Take the stairs as often as you can. Add steps Park your car far out in the parking lot to walk a good distance to the store. Hike Go for a hike at the local trails and parks.

15 Getting Fit For Less Strength Training: Squats Lunges Inner and Outer Thigh Calf Raise Back Row Bicep Curls Tricep Dips Push Ups Shoulder Press Ab Curls Lower Back Stretching: Daily Anytime, Anywhere Dont stress to the point of pain Breathe

16 Getting Fit For Less Save at the Gym Join in the spring and summer months (May – Sept) at the end of the month. Find a lower price from another local gym. Ask if the registration fee can be waived. And ask about other payment options, like paying-in-full. Look into family and student discounts. If you already have a gym membership, look at the fine print on your contract. Are you paying for extras you dont need, like towel service, saunas or a swimming pool? Pay for your gym membership by credit card if you can. Many credit cards offer cash back or travel loyalty programs. See if your health insurance offers discounted gym fees. Purchase group Personal Training or bulk packages.

17 Getting Fit At Home Turn your house wares into gym ware: Soup cans Jugs Paper Plates Counter tops/Desks Panty Hose Take a TV exercise break Pick a different activity for each commercial and do it till the show comes back on. Do crunches, squats, jump rope, march in place Use your computer for motivation and help Free exercise-tracking tools, exercise plans, calorie trackers Download workouts Pod Casts ** Make sure you are using reputable sites with qualified professionals

18 Getting Fit At Home Spend a Little, Get a Lot If you do have a few dollars to put toward building a better body, here is a list of fitness equipment that can give you the most benefits for the least amount of money: A dumbbell set (5-30 pounds for most women, pounds for most men) An adjustable weight bench (one that goes from flat to incline or decline) A mirror for the wall so you can see your technique Resistance bands, a type of rubber tubing that creates resistance for your muscles Instructional DVDs Stability ball Step bench for step aerobics

19 Save on Sports Equipment Purchase used sports equipment (Play It Again Sports) Buy equipment and gadgets without all the bells and whistles Look for sales esp. when new models or lines are released Take care of your gear get more life out of it!

20 Squeeze in Activity At Work: Stand and walk around during phone/conference calls Push Ups against your desk Dips from your chair Squats/Lunges/Calf Raises at the copier Stretch often in and out of your chair Go for a walking meeting At Home: Exercise while watching TV or during commercials Sit on a Stability Ball or stand on a balance gadget to work the core Mop the floor with your feet Do squats or lunges while brushing your teeth or waiting for the microwave Balance on one leg while drying hair or putting on make-up Walking lunges with dumbbells from room to room

21 Audience Participation Exercise Demo!!!

22 Strength Training Exercises Any of these exercises can be done with no weight, dumbbells or resistance bands.

23 Strength Training Exercises Any of these exercises can be done with no weight, dumbbells or resistance bands.

24 Exercise Routine Booklet Download the UCR Wellness Program Exercise Routine Booklet at

25 Questions? Thank YOU for your time today! Stay Healthy!

26 For more information, please contact: Julie Chobdee, MPH Wellness Program Coordinator (951)

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