November 24th, 2014
The holidays aren't just a time for gathering around the table and eating-they're also a time for staying active with friends and family, according to a University of Georgia exercise researcher.
Ellen M. Evans, a professor in the department of kinesiology in the UGA College of Education and the director of the Center for Physical Activity and Health, said a recent health trend during the holidays is to maintain weight, rather than expect to work off extra cookies in the new year. One way to keep this goal, she advises, is to use family gatherings as a way to start a new tradition of physical activity. "Food is a connector, but so is movement," Evans said. "If you always have a tradition to make a turkey, maybe you can always have a tradition to go on a hike while it's cooking."
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