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Boeing Center for Children's Wellness (Lean Team)

Start Your Own Lean Team

What you need to know:

Start your own Lean Team by designing your own series of face-to-face programs to jump start your neighbors, co-workers, church buddies, friends, etc. to better health. Below are some easy ways to get started:

Step 1: Know the Basics

Step 2: Start Small

Step 3: Create a Healthy Eating Series

Step 4: Get Moving

Know the Basics:

     When it comes to weight maintenance, the math of energy balance is simple. Calories in = calories out. If you consume more than you need or don't exercise enough, weight gain results. If you consume less than you need or begin exercising more, weight loss results. In theory, if people eat less and exercise more the obesity epidemic will disappear. In reality, it is a much more complex issue and requires both environmental and personal life-style changes.  When examining your life or your community, identify small changes that will make a big impact.  Change is never easy and is an ongoing process; it involves modifying knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.  Click on the links below to identify healthy changes you can make regarding nutrition and physical activity.

NutritionPhysical Activity

Start Small: 

Starting your own lean team can be as easy as organizing activities that promote health that your group can do together. Below are a few fun ideas to start your group’s journey to healthier living:

  • Attend a cooking class
  • Try a healthier restaurant as a group
  • Visit your local farmers market
  • Try healthier recipes from scratch

Healthy Eating Series:

Once you have established that your group is serious about improving the quality of their diet, a great way to educate one another on is to create a healthy eating series. Choose someone to research and present to the group on a rotating basis. Select from the following lesson ideas to educate your group on nutrition topics. 

Healthy Meals in a Hurry- Learn how to prepare main dishes ahead of time that can be frozen for ready-to-use convenience. Tips to modify recipes to reduce sodium and fat as well as guidelines to prepare the recipes for freezer.

Spend Smart. Eat Smart- Share proven strategies for saving money on food while still eating healthy.  Include recipes, shopping tips, info on eating out and menu planning.

Healthy Living for a Healthy Heart- Heart disease remains the number one killer, learn how to decrease your risk. Did you know there are fats your heart actually likes? Learn how to make food choices to incorporate healthier fats. Sodium is not your heart’s friend. Dispel some common myths associated with sodium and salt. 

Portion Distortion- What has happened to serving and portion sizes? Learn the recommended size of servings from MyPlate. Strategies to ‘guesstimate’ and guide appropriate serving sizes will be addressed.

Healthier Food Choices, Aisle by Aisle- Learn how to read food labels aisle by aisle. Address tips for controlling calories, fat, saturated/trans fat and sodium.

Dining Out- Is it possible to dine out and still eat healthy? Learn simple tips for healthy eating when dining out. Learn strategies to make food choices when considering the nutrient content (i.e. fat, sodium, sugar) of food and beverages from different restaurants.


Get Moving:

Find ways to encourage members of your group to incorporate more physical activity into their daily living. With exercise, some is always better than none!  Incorporate physical activity without going to the gym. Identify strategies to make physical activity part of everyone’s daily living.

  • Create a walking or exercising group
  •  Encourage team members to bring workout clothes with them to work on a daily basis so they don’t have the excuse to go home instead of the gym
  • Create an exercise competition among members of the group. Give points for biking or walking to work, exercising regularly during the week, etc..!
  • Develop a time for weekly workouts to try new things such as spin, zumba, boot camp, etc.

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