Nutrition

•Eating healthy can help you feel better, look better, be a healthy weight, and have more energy!
•Choosing healthy foods can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and cancer.
•Eating more fruits and vegetables helps you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
1.Fruits and vegetables are low in fat and calories, help you feel full, and give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs.
2.Eating a variety of colors of fruits and veggies is best. Try green, red, yellow, orange, blue, and white.
•The 3 keys to nutrition are: Moderation, Balance, Variety.
1.Moderation- watch how much you eat.
2.Balance- if you do eat some junk food, make sure to eat healthy food too.
3.Variety- eating a variety of foods helps your body get the nutrients it needs.
•The Nutrition Facts Label is the key to knowing what is actually in your food

Walkscore

Walkscore is a new site that looks at how walkable a neighborhood is. We looked at different zipcodes for Austin too see which areas of town where most walkable. We mostly looked at central neighborhoods.

In addition to the walk score rating we also have the average real estate prices for each zipcode. (Thanks to Austin Real Estate Hub for statistics on average prices)

  • 78701 – 98 – walker’s paradise (190k)
  • 78757 – 91 – walker’s paradise (235k)
  • 78705 – 85 – very walkable (266k)
  • 78756 – 80 – very walkable (264k)
  • 78702 – 80 – very walkable (165k)
  • 78745 – 72 – very walkable (160k)
  • 78751 – 71 – very walkable (263k)
  • 78722 – 65 – somewhat walkable (238k)
  • 78704 – 63 – somewhat walkable (261k)
  • 78703 – 52 – somewhat walkable (474k)
  • 78752 – 45 – car-dependent (173k)
  • 78746 – 42 – car-dependent (484k)
  • 78721 – 34 – car-dependent (148k)
  • 78732 – 20 – car-dependent (350k)
  • 78733 – 17 – car-dependent (420k)
  • 78731 – 12 – car-dependent (400k)
  • 78730 – 6 – car-dependent (510k)

Now it would be nice if there were more affordable neighborhoods in the Austin market. But we did find neighborhoods that had better walkability scores also tended to be more afforable than areas of town that were more car dependent. One more reason to live centrally and spend more time on your feet instead of in the car.

Diabetes

•When diabetes is managed, you can live a long, happy, healthy life.
•There are two types of diabetes:
1.Type 1 Diabetes: Is when your body does not make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that lets glucose (sugar) bring your cells fuel. About 5-10% of American diabetics have Type 1 diabetes.
2.Type 2 Diabetes: Is when your body is not making enough insulin or makes insulin but does not use it correctly. Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.
How Can I Prevent Diabetes?

•Eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise can help you prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
•If you are worried that you might have diabetes, see your doctor to get screened.
•If you learn you are at risk for developing diabetes (called Pre-Diabetes), it is not too late to make changes in your diet and physical activity to prevent diabetes.
What is Pre-Diabetes

•Pre-Diabetes is a condition that raises the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. People with pre-diabetes have blood glucose (sugar) levels higher than normal but not high enough to be labeled as diabetes.
•If you have Pre-Diabetes, you don’t have to get Type 2 Diabetes- you can help prevent this! Pre-Diabetics can lose weight and increase their physical activity to help prevent or delay diabetes. With these changes, blood glucose levels can even return to normal.

Smoking

•Cigarettes contain nicotine, a very addictive chemical.
•Cigarettes also contain more than 60 chemicals that are linked to causing cancer.
•Smoking can cause or make worse: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, lung cancer and other cancers.
Second-hand Smoke

•Second-hand smoke (also called environmental tobacco smoke) is made of two parts- the smoke the smoker breathes out and the smoke from the burning end of the cigarette.
•Second-hand smoke brings all of the same dangerous chemicals to the non-smoker. Second-hand smoke can lead to ear infections, colds, lung cancer, increased asthma attacks, and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in non-smokers.
•Second-hand smoke is especially dangerous for young children and pregnant women (the developing baby breathes the dangerous second-hand smoke too)
Quitting Smoking

•The best thing you can do for your health and the health of your family is to quit smoking.
•On average, it takes a smoker 5-7 full attempts at quitting before they succeed.
•There are many resources available to help you quit smoking successfully.

Asthma

•Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways in the lungs with two main parts- swelling of the airway wall and squeezing of the airway muscles.
•Common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. It is important to know your symptoms so you can stay in control of your asthma.
•Triggers are things that make asthma worse. Common triggers are tobacco smoke, allergies, and colds.
•There are 2 main types of medication for asthma
1.Relievers (also called rescue or emergency medications) are for symptoms and are taken when symptoms occur.
2.Controllers are taken daily, even when you don’t have symptoms.
•Know how to use and clean the device that delivers your medication. If you are not sure, ask your doctor.
•Know your asthma action plan. This is the plan set by your doctor to help manage your asthma.
•Peak flow meters are tools that help you know how your asthma is doing. You can compare your current peak flow number to your best peak flow number to help you know what medicines to take.
•Know who to call if you have asthma trouble.

Physical Activitity

•Physical activity can be walking, swimming, playing basketball or soccer, running around the playground with your kids, dancing, etc.
•Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 4 days of the week.
•Every little bit of physical activity helps! If you can’t do 30 minutes together, try 3 10-minute sessions. Even just 5 minutes of exercise a day can improve health!
•Physical activity:
1.Lowers stress
2.Improves your mood
3.Helps you sleep better at night
4.Gives you more energy
5.Helps you work towards or stay at a healthy weight
6.Keeps you looking good and feeling good!
•Physical activity can help prevent or improve diabetes, heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.