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Summertime has faded away, but your healthy habits don't need to go with it! Take advantage of these tips to help you stay healthy in the changing seasons.

Eight Ways to Stay Healthy This Fall

  1. Is your family full of football fanatics? Eat like an athlete! Instead of diving into chips and cheese dip, tackle a veggie tray with light ranch or a bowl of grapes. It is equally satisfying and so much better for everyone.
  2. Pumpkins: they aren't just for decoration. Baked pumpkin seeds make for a great healthy snack. Did you know that the pulp of a pumpkin is loaded with vitamins A and C? Grab the kids and hit a pumpkin patch!
  3. Protect your immune system. Cooler weather means more time indoors, which means more chances to spread illnesses like the cold or flu. Protect your immune system by washing your hands regularly. Drinking plenty of water will also keep your body performing at its best.
  4. Keep your sleep time the same. It is easy to change your sleeping patterns as the daylight disappears. It is good to keep a healthy sleeping pattern regardless of when the sun comes up. Go to bed at a healthy hour and wake up at the same time every day. Make sure you are getting your eight hours! You deserve it.
  5. Idaho is beautiful; get out and appreciate it. The changing season is one of the most amazing times to get outside. There is nothing like a hike in the hills or a walk in the park in the crisp October air. Take the whole family and explore a new place or just go out to the back yard and play in the leaves.
  6. There is nothing like the Farmers Market in the fall. This is the time of year farmers are harvesting, so the produce is fresh and fabulous.
  7. What's for dinner? Go for what's in season. Beets, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, kale, pumpkin, broths, roasted squash, roots and sautéed dark leafy greens are all great choices for your fall menu.
  8. Avoid candy cravings. See if you can replace the sweet tooth of the hallow holidays with healthy sweets like fruit. If you insist on buying candy for Halloween, buy it as close to the holiday as possible so you can minimize cravings by keeping it out of the house.

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