Fam­ily res­o­lu­tions for the New Year

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The New Year is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to start fresh and reach for new goals. This year, plan to make New Year’s res­o­lu­tions as a fam­ily.

Fol­low­ing through on new com­mit­ments can be chal­leng­ing. Hav­ing your fam­ily hold you ac­count­able for fol­low­ing through on pledges and goals can make the jour­ney eas­ier.

Three … two … one … Happy Fam­ily!

Con­sider im­ple­ment­ing these New Year’s res­o­lu­tions with your fam­ily in 2019.

■ Eat health­ier — The na­tion’s obe­sity rates are at an all-time high for adults and chil­dren. To over­haul your fam­ily’s diet, keep more fruits, vegeta­bles and whole grains in the house for snacks and meals.

■ Play chef and sous chef — The kitchen pro­vides numer­ous learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Make a com­mit­ment to cook at home more of­ten and al­low your chil­dren to as­sist you in pre­par­ing meals or snacks. Kids (and par­ents, too) can learn the val­ues of proper nu­tri­tion, ways to cook with less fat, and how to ap­pre­ci­ate and try new things.

■ Sched­ule in fam­ily meal­time — Stud­ies show that eat­ing to­gether as a fam­ily can im­prove nutri­tional in­take and de­crease the risk of obe­sity and sub­stance abuse. If busy fam­ily sched­ules make it dif­fi­cult, be­gin by plan­ning a fam­ily meal­time at least one night a week. Uti­lize slow-cooker recipes for added con­ve­nience.

■ Work in a work­out — Ex­er­cise is es­sen­tial to your fam­ily’s health at ev­ery age. Ded­i­cate at least one or two nights per week to fam­ily fit­ness. Choose ac­tiv­i­ties that fit with the sea­son, such as bik­ing, swim­ming, walk­ing, snow­ball fights, bowl­ing, kick­ball, hik­ing, etc. You can sched­ule work­out nights to fol­low fam­ily meal­times for added con­ve­nience.

■ Make play­time a pri­or­ity — At least once or twice a month, turn off all me­dia de­vices in honor of fam­ily game night. Bust out the board games, play cha­rades, shuf­fle a card deck or en­joy some back­yard fun to­gether.

Chuck Wagon Pot Roast

Meals pre­pared in the slow-cooker are ex­tremely con­ve­nient for fam­i­lies on the go. Sim­ply add in the in­gre­di­ents be­fore head­ing off to work, leave on low heat for eight hours and voila! Din­ner is ready af­ter school and work. In­gre­di­ents

2 pounds beef chuck roast

1, 26 oz. jar toma­to­based pasta sauce

1 cup wa­ter

2 cups mini wagon wheel pasta

1 cup baby car­rots, halved di­ag­o­nally

1 cup fresh or frozen green beans

Salt and pep­per Cook­ing spray

Direc­tions

Coat 4-quart slow cooker with cook­ing spray; set aside. Sea­son beef with salt and pep­per. Place beef in slow cooker. Add pasta sauce and wa­ter. Cover and cook on low heat for eight hours. Stir pasta, car­rots and beans into slow cooker. In­crease heat to high set­ting and cook for 45 more min­utes or un­til ten­der.

Nu­tri­tion In­for­ma­tion per Serv­ing

Makes 8 serv­ings

Calo­ries: 275

Fat: 7g

Choles­terol: 61mg

Potas­sium: 497mg

Vi­ta­min C: 8mg

Fiber: 3g

About Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal

Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal is a 73 li­censed bed fa­cil­ity with 42 pri­vate pa­tient rooms. It is ac­cred­ited by the State of Arkansas De­part­ment of Health Ser­vices and The Joint Com­mis­sion. Some ser­vices in­clude in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient surgery, emer­gency medicine, med­i­cal, sur­gi­cal and in­ten­sive care units, ob­stet­rics, out­pa­tient di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices and in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. With more than 50 physi­cians on the med­i­cal staff, Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal pro­vides com­pas­sion­ate, cus­tomer-fo­cused care. SSRH is an af­fil­i­ate of North­west Health, one of the largest health net­works in North­west Arkansas, and through that af­fil­i­a­tion is a mem­ber of the Mayo Clinic Care Net­work, a se­lect group of in­de­pen­dent health sys­tems that work closely with Mayo Clinic to im­prove the de­liv­ery of health care and bet­ter serve their pa­tients and their com­mu­ni­ties. Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal is lo­cated at 603 N. Progress Ave. in Siloam Springs. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit North­west­Health.com.

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