Health: To prepare to lose weight, write down everything that you eat and drink for 2-3 days, look for patterns, and decide to make changes.
Wealth: Learn more about health and financial topics from books, Web sites, newspapers, and television. Information can provide motivation to make positive changes.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Health: Eat healthy! Snacks should be nutrient dense foods, not high-fat, high-sugar foods. Stock up on healthy snacks: fresh fruit, raw veggies, and low-fat dairy products (e.g., yogurt).
Wealth: Plan ahead for large irregular expenses such as tuition and water and sewer bills. Total the annual cost, divide by 12, and save 1/12 of the annual cost on a monthly basis.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Health: Make a delicious, low-calorie fruit smoothie. Blend 1 cup skim milk, 3 ice cubes, 1/2 cup fresh fruit, and a dash of vanilla.
Wealth: Calculate what you need to save for a comfortable retirement with the Ballpark Estimate. Use the online calculator or download a printed worksheet at choosetosave.org/ballpark.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Health: Be a health and nutrition role model. If adults lead a sedentary lifestyle, drink soda, and eat high-fat chips and dips, children will do this also.
Wealth: Test your financial fitness with a 20-question Financial Fitness Quiz from Rutgers Cooperative Extension: njaes.rutgers.edu/money/ffquiz/. Take action on your low-scoring questions.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Health: Get some free, professional nutrition advice. Follow the federal government's MyPlate meal planning guidelines at www.choosemyplate.gov.
Wealth: Know your cash flow. Track income and expenses to better understand your spending habits.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Health: Include high calcium foods and beverages in your diet to keep your bones healthy for life. One of the best sources of calcium is milk. An 8 ounce cup of milk contains about 300 mg of calcium.
Wealth: Take care of yourself: eat right exercise, and get regular check-ups. Good health is wealth!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Health: If you don't drink milk, 1 cup of yogurt or 1 ounce of Swiss cheese has about the same amount of calcium as milk. If you are lactose intolerant, lactose-free/lactose-reduced products also have the same amount of calcium as regular dairy foods.
Wealth: Save early and often. Small amounts add up. Save $50 a week at age 25 and you'll have $431,490 at age 65 with a 6% average annual return.