On average, less than 10 percent of people actually keep their new year’s resolutions, statistics show.
Getting healthy is one of the most popular goals — for many, it can also be one of the hardest.
When in doubt, shop the perimeter, said fitness and nutrition specialist Melissa Assiter, owner of FIT and The Fitness Boutique.
Healthier food choices are generally placed around the perimeter of almost any grocery store, she said. The fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy products are located along the walls. The more processed food choices are generally at the heart of the store.
Making more nutritious choices doesn’t mean cutting out foods from a certain section, she said.
“You need a good balance of all healthy food groups,” Assiter said.
Throughout the rest of the month, Market Street is hosting a 28-Day Challenge to help educate and provide guidance for people interested in making that lifestyle change, said Brenda Duby, corporate dietitian with The United Family.
During a recent walk through Market Street at 19th Street and Quaker Avenue, Duby suggested making substitutions like cinnamon instead of sugar, Zoodles instead of noodles or Flatouts instead of tortillas.
She also suggested trying to eat more fruits and vegetables.
There are plenty of in-store resources to help, she said, pointing out dietitian approval tags, diet-specific tags and citing periodic in-store grocery tours.
The idea, she said, is to help people be healthier.
Alicia Jerome, health and wellness manager for The United Family stores, said, “Our major premise is we want to encourage our guests to make little steps and have big life-changing results.”
Even though the 28-Day Challenge — which provides guests with advice, recipes and information about prizes through email — will end at the end of the month, it doesn’t mean your new year’s resolution has to have an expiration date, she said.
For more information about the 28-Day Challenge, visit tastemarketstreet.com.