Sunday, February 15, 2009

Is the Recession Inflating Your Waistline? You can maintain a healthy lifestyle in a tough economy!

The current economic woes will force many of us to make some difficult decisions. When faced with the task of trimming the fat from the family budget, costly gym memberships and pre-packaged weight-loss food plans are often the first items on the chopping block. At the same time, the effort to get the most out of every grocery dollar often results in an increase in our consumption of cheap convenience foods (remember all those ramen noodles you ate as a starving college student?) that offer little by way of actual nutrition. Unfortunately, unhealthy habits bring an entirely new set of woes. These short-term fixes will often cost us more in the long run.

The great news is that healthy living doesn’t have to be expensive. With more than half a million members, First Place 4 Health is a reliable, proven method of weight loss and healthy living. Members have achieved real, lasting change—all without spending a dime on pre-packaged foods or pricey workout programs—by bringing the four areas of life (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) into a healthy balance. Formerly known as First Place, this revised program uses everyday foods, includes a support and accountability component, and focuses on biblical health and disease prevention.

First Place 4 Health’s new and improved brand lineup includes resources that tackle everything from determining correct serving sizes to starting an exercise routine to memorizing Scripture. Members will appreciate the simple, sensible new food plan based on the USDA food pyramid and new exercise guidelines.

According to First Place 4 Health Registered Dietitian Erin DuBroc, rising food costs have played a major role in more Americans choosing to dine in rather than dine out. “Some other reasons include the high price of gas and restaurant food being too high in calories—the recognition of which is music to this dietitian’s ears,” DuBroc states. This migration back to the family kitchen presents the perfect opportunity for America, as a whole, to rethink the way we eat. Now is the time to learn new habits that will set us on the course to healthy living.

BeginWithChrist_Study_Bk coverNew for 2009, First Place 4 Health is also introducing a brand new fitness kit that includes everything you need to customize your own exercise plan, at a fraction of the cost of a gym membership. The contents of the kit include the First Place 4 Health 30-Minute Fitness DVD, which combines cardio, strength, and stretching exercises for all fitness levels from beginner to advanced and a handy pedometer for keeping track of every step toward your fitness goal. The reusable eight-ounce water bottle slashes the cost of bottled water and makes proper hydration a snap. The kit also contains a flexible exercise band that will maximize resistance for every movement in a workout and an official First Place 4 Health towel to use when the work is done.

First Place 4 Health has achieved miraculous results in the lives of members—all at a much lower cost than many other programs. Standing on 27 years of personal success stories, the First Place 4 Health program proves that, with an alteration in mindset from mere weight loss to pursuing God’s design for total wellness, lasting change is possible. It’s never too late to find the balanced life and the wholeness that is offered only through a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.

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