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HealthyU Adventures

  Health through nutrition Health through connection Health through activities

 

Keeping track of healthy habits can increase motivation and optimism. That's why we created HealthyU Adventures.

The HealthyU Adventures app helps you get healthy and happy by allowing you to record healthy habits and earn points. Best of all, it's local. We added a "find activities near me" tab that will show you the nearest northern Colorado park or recreation center.

Challenge yourself and your friends.

Start your HealthyU Adventure today and with each level you'll grow your own Colorado Blue Spruce. Keep at it and grow your own forest!

  • Earn points by doing simple activities (nutrition, connection and activities) that are scientifically proven to make you healthier.
  • Express gratitude, drink water, celebrate awesome or walk around Horsetooth Mountain Park.
  • It's simple, it's local and it's designed to keep you healthy in body, mind and spirit.

Why not keep track and have some fun. Download it for your iPhone today!

Three main categories:

Nutrition

Drink water: Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar, and calories, in American diets.
No sugary drinks today: The average American drinks 45 gallons of sugary drinks a year. That's 42 pounds of sugar -- about as much as a 5-year-old child weighs.

Create a colorful plate: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, along with other vegetables for your meals. Add fruit to meals as part of main or side dishes or as dessert.

Eat a fruit: Eat more fruits. These foods have the nutrients you need for health, including potassium, calcium, vitamin D, and fiber. Make them the basis for meals and snacks.

Eat a vegetable: Eat more vegetables. These foods have the nutrients you need for health, including potassium, calcium, vitamin D, and fiber. Make them the basis for meals and snacks.

Eat breakfast: Breakfast is perhaps the most important meal of the day. It gives you essential energy, nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Eating breakfast can also help you maintain a healthy weight by reducing overeating at other meals. Children who eat breakfast are more likely to behave better in school and get along with their peers than those who do not. Breakfast helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improves memory.

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Connection

Celebrate awesome: Sharing success and happiness, for yourself and others, can positively affect your health.
Have a meaningful conversation: People who spend more of their day having deep discussions and less time engaging in small talk seem to be happier.
Thank someone / express gratitude: Expressing gratitude can lead to better physical and mental health and alertness.

Do someone a favor:  When you focus your attention on someone else's well-being, it reduces stress and may increase happiness.

Hugs all around: A loved one, or even hugging yourself, can have beneficial effects on your heart health. Social support is beneficial to everyone.

Laugh hard: Laughing triggers the release of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that make you feel good. It stimulates organs by bringing more oxygen into the body. And it can help circulation and relax your muscles. Try to spend time around people who make you laugh.

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Activities

Hike/walk/run: For health purposes, we should take 10,000 steps or more a day, the equivalent of about five miles of walking.

Bike: Cycling just 20 miles a week reduces your risk of heart disease to less than half that of those who take no exercise.

Swim, row, kayak: Swimming, and other low-impact water activites, may improve cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength – all while causing no impact shock to your body.

Climb: Rock climbing increases aerobic and anaerobic endurance, strength and flexibility.

Dance: Dancing that requires you to remember dance steps and sequences boosts brain power by improving memory skills.

Device/screen-free for 1 hour: Watching television for two to three hours or more per day is linked to significantly higher risks of developing diabetes and heart disease.

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