Start the year off right!

Keeping your New Year’s resolutions can be harder than making them. If eating well and exercising regularly is your goal, Health Canada has tips to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

Start by taking small steps, like setting three small goals for yourself, instead of one big one, and being realistic about what you want to change in your habits. Choose healthy goals that are easy to achieve.

Think about healthier foods to add to your diet – not just about what to eliminate – and write them down. You can also use the interactive tool My Food Guide at to develop a customized approach for healthy eating that’s right for you. Small changes over time will make it easier to track your success and feel good about meeting your goals. You’ll also be motivated by your success to make even more changes.

Having the right support system in place will help you meet your goals, so get the family involved in creating a weekly meal plan. Invite a friend or colleague to swap recipe ideas and walking together for 20 minutes every lunch break.

Expect setbacks but don’t give up. You may have to make some adjustments to your timeline, but it’ll all be worth it in the end. After you’ve accomplished each goal, reward yourself with a fun family outing, make a date with friends, or find another way to celebrate your success.

Remember being physically active doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon- as fun as that may sound. Climbing stairs, raking leaves, even walking the dog, it all counts and can help prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and depression.

Adults should aim for a minimum of 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each week. But if you break it down into 10-minute periods, you can achieve the same health benefits. 

Fight the urge to hibernate through the winter. Find things you enjoy that will keep you active through the seasons. Start by slowly increasing your physical activity to meet the new physical activity recommendations.

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Back in Stock:  Dew Drop Inn

After being quickly sold out last month, Dew Drop Inn – Lasting memories of a Cookshire landmark by Winston C. Fraser {$17} is back in stock at Townships Expressions, the Association’s boutique of Townships arts, culture, and history. This compendium includes candid recollections of a unique regional inn and the remarkable couple, Ken and Susie Fraser, who birthed it during the Great Depression and nourished it for more than 60 years. Order online at or call Townshippers’ in Sherbrooke at 819-566-5717 toll-free: 1-866-566-5717.

Keep reading this column in the Brome County News for more from Townshippers’ Association. Follow @Townshippers on Twitter, or visit for activities and other information. Connect with Townshippers’ in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717, or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Photo Credit: Bonnie Kittle on Unsplash

Photo Caption: Start the year off right by being physically active, and that doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon! From seasonal activities to household chores and even walking the dog, it all counts towards leading a healthy, active lifestyle.