An Active and Healthy Lifestyle

Charlottesville City Market

Nutrition: Put a Rainbow on Your Plate

There is increasing evidence that WHAT we eat and HOW MUCH we move can make a big difference – not just in how good we feel, but indeed in how well we think!

Learn more about the SCIENCE of nutrition – free MOOCs from edX

Eat SMART every day!

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center – Find the latest nutrient data, including an online searchable database of foods and nutrients.

myplate_green_150Choose My Plate helps consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.

SuperTrackerSuperTracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity.: My foods. My fitness. My health

  • Get your personalized nutrition and physical activity plan.
  • Track your foods and physical activities to see how they stack up.
  • Get tips and support to help you make healthier choices and plan ahead.

Some Menu Ideas

Grab your phytochemicals at the Charlottesville City Market

Charlottesville City Market


Combine outdoor exercise with socialization and an emphasis on a colorful (lots of fruits & veggies) diet.  Watch for cooking demos, farm tours, and more offered by Market Central.

Activity: Keep Moving!

exerciseYou don’t need to buy special clothes or belong to a gym to become more active. Physical activity can and should be part of your everyday life. Find things you like to do. Go for brisk walks. Ride a bike. Dance. Work around the house. Garden. Climb stairs. Swim. Rake leaves. Try different kinds of activities that keep you moving. Look for new ways to build physical activity into your daily routine. –National Institute on Aging

Try activities that require little or no equipment or facilities: walking, yoga, t’ai chi, dancing.  More examples:

Local Resources:

  • Hiromi T’ai Chi – a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and promoting the health benefits and art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in the Charlottesville community. We offer training in the Cheng-Ming System as taught by Grandmaster Wang Shu-Jin as well as other related internal martial arts.
  • Yoga Laughs – Laughter (Haysa) Yoga is an ancient, new concept — giving you the ability to laugh yourself to health, without relying on humor. We initiate laughter as creative exercise. With childlike playfulness, our laughter becomes spontaneous and contagious. We laugh to bring more oxygen to the body, resulting in new levels of energy and relaxation.