Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Cooperative Extension system are launching an online Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ (SSHW) Challenge called “Spring 2012 SSHW Challenge.” This free six-week program, open to anyone who enrolls online, will be held from Sunday, April 15, through Saturday, May 26, 2012. Prizes will be awarded for participants who report the highest point totals.
To sign up for the SSHW Challenge, follow the “Challenges” link on the Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ Web site at http://njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw/. Set up a user name and password and download a simple one-page user’s guide with instructions about how to proceed. Enroll in the Challenge titled “Spring 2012 SSHW Challenge.”
SSHW is built on 25 research-based behavior change strategies. The SSHW Challenge is based on the performance of ten recommended practices on a daily basis: five that involve health and nutrition and five that involve financial management.
The five daily health and nutrition practices are: eat at least 4 cups of fruits and vegetables; get at least 30 minutes of physical activity; drink water or unsweetened beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages; eat at least two servings of whole grain foods; and learn something new about health and nutrition.
The five daily financial management practices are: save a $1 bill (or more) and/or pocket change; invest $5 or more per day (including automated retirement savings plan deposits); track money spent throughout the day; eat lunch prepared at home; and learn something new about personal finance.
Doing even one of the ten recommended daily practices is a great way to get started on the path to better health and improved financial security.