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Introducing Our New Pediatrics Office

Have you been looking for a healthcare practice that can serve your whole family, including your little ones but are having a hard time? Look no further!

We’re expanding our healthcare outreach by introducing Eagles Landing Family Pediatrics – a full-service, state-of-the-art facility providing trusted care for infants, children, and young adults to the age of 18. Our specialty-trained and board-certified providers treat anything from acute sick visits to routine well-child exams.

Located on the 2nd floor of our Ellenwood office, your child will receive dedicated, individualized attention and quality care in a welcoming and family-friendly environment.

Our goal is to provide exceptional care to help support healthy growth and development of each child. Whether you’re an expecting mother or father, or just looking to make a change in pediatricians, Eagles Landing Family Pediatrics will be honored to serve you and your whole family.

And, what’s better than keeping all your basic medical needs in-house?

Call (678) 289-6767 today to schedule your child’s first appointment or request an appointment online!


Eagles Landing Family Pediatrics
211 Fairview Road
Suite 200
Ellenwood, GA 30294

Services include:

■ Prenatal visits
■ Newborn Care
■ Well-Child Visits
■ Same-day Sick appointments
■ Immunizations
■ Infections
■ Adolescent check-ups and Sports Physicals
■ ADD/ADHD Evaluations & Management
■ Comprehensive Asthma & Allergy Care
■ On-Site Laboratory and X-Rays

Avoid Back to School Germs

It’s that time of year again! You know, the germ-swapping, stomach bugs, and runny nose time of year – every parent’s favorite!

Back to school germs are resilient viruses and bacteria that get the best of our kiddos, in spite of our greatest efforts. And classrooms are a hotspot to expose them to germs that make our children sick. But, don’t let that discourage you! While we can’t avert all illnesses passed around at school, we can give you some preventative tips to make your kids aware of, so they can implement healthy habits to avoiding spreading germs this school year.

Tip #1: Raise Germ Awareness

Since germs live on many surfaces, it’s important to encourage your child to avoid rubbing their face, nose, and eyes after touching desks and countertops. In fact, help your kids understand and get in the habit of:

○ Washing hands before and after every meal or snack, and after using the restroom

○ Keeping their fingers out of their noses and mouths

○ Coughing or sneezing into their sleeve or a tissue

○ Keeping their mouths off other kids drinks and water fountain spigots

○ Avoiding foods that fall on the floor (even though you’ve told them a thousand times already)

Tip #2: Keep Immune Systems Strong

This is a big one – mostly because our children’s immune systems are still developing, which means they’re more inclined to illnesses. Since the immune system is our main defense to fight bacteria and sickness, it’s essential that you create healthy habits for your kids.

○ Incorporate fruits and veggies for every meal

○ Make sure they drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (get their own personal
water bottle to avoid fountain germs)

○ Maintain a regular sleep schedule and stick to it (yes, even on weekends)

○ Make sure your child gets routine physical exercise

○ Avoid fast-food restaurants when possible

Tip #3: Model Good Handwashing Behaviors

We know kids don’t like their social time taken away with their friends by practicing good hygiene habits, but too bad! Handwashing is essential when it comes to keeping those yucky germs at bay. Encourage your kiddos to wash their hands (yes, with soap) after using the bathroom, sneezing or blowing their nose, prior to handling food, and after contact with another kid. It’s best to wash hands with soap and warm water for about 15 seconds – so it might be a good idea to have them count or sing a handwashing song to thoroughly eliminate germs and remove bad bacteria.

Tip #4: Don’t Forget the Flu Shot

Flu shots are the most common vaccine kids should receive annually! The 2018-2019 flu season was the longest it’s ever been in a decade, lasting 21 weeks and taking the lives of 106 children! Flu vaccines are crucial in order to protect your kid and your family from getting influenza, especially for those with asthma. It’s never too early to get your child’s flu shot, so go ahead and schedule their appointment at any of our offices to get ahead of the game.

Tip #5: Don’t Bring Your Kid to School Sick

We understand there is no convenient time for your child to get sick, especially when you have a packed schedule, but it happens. If your kiddo has a fever, keep them home and away from others to avoid spreading germs, and schedule an appointment with our office. If your child is acting sick but doesn’t have a fever, pay attention to the warning signs like; cough, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, irritability, etc… These symptoms can spread bacteria and germs and also be the early stages of a virus.


Back to school usually means bringing home more than just homework – but the good news is that with these preventative tips, you can avoid back to school germs from getting the best of your kid and have a happy, healthy school year.

ELFP Selects Two Family Values Award Winners

On June 4th, Eagles Landing Family Practice, Hines Ward, and Positive Athlete teamed up once again to host the Fifth Annual Georgia Positive Athlete Awards, for a way to encourage and recognize young student-athletes.

As Hines Ward said, “We did not put out a search for the best athletes in Georgia. We put out a search for kids with positive attitudes, whose efforts don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet.” Ward continues, “These kids are also positive role models in their schools, who get involved in charitable causes and have already learned the meaning of giving back at an early age; and many have overcome difficult circumstances and remained positive.”

This year, we were honored to give away two Family Values Awards to well-deserving, positive high school athletes; Madeline Crawford and Antaures Jackson.

The first recipient, Madeline Crawford, is a Senior at Ola High School, who’s also a part of several sports teams, including, Swimming, Cross-Country, and Soccer. Although she’s a stellar athlete, her qualities excel when it comes to her loving and caring heart for others. At the beginning of Madeline’s Junior year in August 2017, her mother was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, and Mal’s been by her side ever since. Through a variety of Chemo treatments and radiation, Madeline hasn’t slowed down one bit to care for her mom, but instead, keeps a positive attitude through it all.

While it’s evident that her family comes first, Mal is also the Ola High School’s SGA Executive President, with over 1,600 students. On top of that, she helped Ola win their fifth consecutive Henry County Swim Championship, competing in four of the championship teams herself. Talk about a dedicated daughter, student, and teammate! However, sports are not her only gift in life. With an entrepreneurial driven heart and a desire to help her family, Madeline started her very own business to help with personal expenses and relieve the weight of her mother’s medical expenditures; all while maintaining a 4.19 GPA, and not to mention being a part of the National Honors Society, Beta Club, and Rho Kappa Honor Society. You think that’s impressive? Through it all, she still found time to serve her community, completing over 200 service hours.

The second recipient is Antaures Jackson, a Senior from Eagles Landing High School. Antaures sets high standards for himself and works diligently to achieve his goals. He ended his freshman year by earning a Varsity Letter and becoming a state-level contender in three sports; Cross-Country, Wrestling, and Track & Field. He also played ninth-grade football and was chosen to display his project at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair – all while leading his Cross-Country team to the state podium at the championship meeting during his Sophomore year.

Though he’s a talented athlete and committed teammate, Antaures still strives for excellence in the classroom. His hard work and discipline as a student have contributed to his ability to maintain a 4.3 GPA, but his character and heart for others is what stands out most. Those that have the privilege of knowing him will say his kind nature, strong moral fiber, and sense of ethics is what makes him the person he is. Throughout the last few years, he’s served his community through peer tutoring, delivering holiday gifts and food baskets to those less fortunate, volunteering at a shelter for homeless pregnant teens, and helping with a Youth mission trip for his church.

Nominees selected for this award are those that have a positive attitude, a strong and encouraging leader mentality, a heart to give back and love others, all while giving 100% of themselves. It’s apparent that our two winners have these characteristics instilled in the people they are and strive to be.

Eagles Landing Family Practice is honored to celebrate in the victories of Madeline Crawford and Antaures Jackson and congratulate them on all their success and achievements thus far. Not only are they exceptional students and athletes, but their drive to love and care for other’s is what truly sets them apart from the rest.

Steve Harvey Gives Back on Father’s Day

“A young man without a father in his life has a hole in his heart the size of this father,”  – Steve Harvey

This past Father’s Day weekend, Steve Harvey hosted his 11th annual Boys Mentoring weekend at The Rock Ranch in Georgia, bringing over 200 young boys together who come from a fatherless household – and Eagles Landing Family Practice was fortunate to play a small part.

Steve Harvey, and wife Marjorie, created The Steve Harvey Foundation and Mentoring Program for Young Men back in 2009, where they annually select teenage boys across the United States, ages 13-18, who grow up without a father figure. Throughout the last 10 years, they have impacted over 4,000 adolescents and continue to grow.

The program was designed to share and teach the principles of manhood while helping them prepare for a strong and productive future. They strive to be the change-agent in promoting excellence through teaching, social well-being, and diverse communities. Through their Mentoring Program for Young Men, they encourage the next generation of leaders by mentoring, providing educational development, and worldwide service initiatives.

Throughout this interactive weekend, the teenage boys attended a host of workshops, where they focused on manhood, personal responsibility, dream building, and the importance of nutrition and fitness. Furthermore, the selected participants were introduced to positive male figures like the Dr. of Internal Medicine, Kenneth Redcross; Atlanta Hawks NBA player, DeAndre’ Bembry; NBC Chicago P.D. actor, LaRoyce Hawkins and more.

In addition to the boys’ camp, the weekend also included the Single Mother’s Enrichment Summit, where single moms came together and were provided the tools to help support and raise productive young men.

For the third consecutive year, Eagles Landing Family Practice was honored to donate a large supply of specific items needed for these young men and women, helping them prepare for a long and exciting weekend. We humbly appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community whenever we can and are grateful in doing so.

Visit The Steve Harvey Foundation to donate, or to learn more about the Mentoring Program for Young Men.

Bring Out the Superwoman in You

May is National Women’s Health Month – a time we get to celebrate the special women in our lives and a reminder for them to take some “me time”. Ladies, this month is for you!

We know how busy life can be when you’re going about your day-to-day lives. Maybe it’s packing your kids’ lunches, taking them to soccer practice after work, picking up the dry cleaning, or doing the weekly grocery run with your last 2 hours to spare for the day. I mean, have you heard of the term superwoman? You basically do it all!

But…have you thought about focusing on yourself for a moment? This month is a reminder for you to practice self-care, to start eating healthier, and schedule those yearly doctor’s appointments you may have been putting off.

Use the 5 steps below and start making your health a priority today!

1.) Schedule those Recommended Screenings:
Regular check-ups are important, and preventative care can detect problems early on and can even keep away disease. By getting the care you need, you have a better chance of preventing disease and injuries. Talk to your ELFP provider to learn more about what screenings and exams you need and when.

• Before going to your next check-up, it’s good to review your family health history and write down any questions or concerns you have. Learn more about how you can prepare for your next appointment.
Preventative services for women are offered by majority health insurance plans, sometimes at no cost. We always recommend calling your insurance provider to see what they may or may not cover.

2). Pay Attention to Mental Health:
It’s important to keep both your mind and body healthy. Mental health is a vital part of overall health and well-being. It affects how we think, act and feel, and determines how we relate to others, handle stress, and make healthy choices. It’s important at every stage of life.

• Studies show that 1 out of 10 women in the U.S. experience symptoms of depression. Symptoms of depression may include feelings of lasting sadness or irritability, loss of appetite, or problems concentrating.
• Everyone experiences stress from time to time, but not everyone knows how to handle it. Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress.

3.) Practice Healthy Habits
Healthy behaviors impact your overall well-being. Even the smallest actions can help maintain good health and serve as an example to others.

Getting enough sleep plays a vital role in how you perform and feel each day. Adults are recommended to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
• Avoid distracted driving. Approximately 9 people are killed every day in the U.S., and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes due to a distracted driver.

4). Eat a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet:
Nutrition is essential in living a healthy lifestyle. Cut out those fatty foods and start creating those healthier eating habits.

Healthy eating plans typically include fruits, vegetables, less dairy (low-fat or fat-free), lean meats, whole grains, and low-sodium. Also, cut the added sugars.
Folic acid is important for healthy new cells to be created in our bodies. Everyone needs it, but women especially. For those wanting to get pregnant, this can help prevent major birth defects if you have enough folic acid in your body before getting pregnant.

5). Get that Body Moving:
Spring and summer are the best times to get out and enjoy the weather. Not only is physical activity important for your health, but it has several benefits – like lowering your chances for heart disease (the leading cause of death for women).

• It’s recommended that adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise each week, requiring moderate effort. That’s 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Go for a light jog, or walk your dog around the block. Remember, some activity is always better than none.
• More than 1 out of 4 elder people falls every year. Unfortunately, women fall more often than men. So, it’s important to do some strength and balance training a few times a week to help prevent falls.

Now is the perfect time to kick your wellness up a notch and start living that healthy lifestyle you’ve always talked about. Not only will you feel amazing, but you’ll also be setting an example for those you love.

Schedule your yearly check-up today at Eagles Landing Family Practice and let us help bring out the superwoman in you.

ELFP Joins Forces with the GA Revs

It’s that time of year again- where Eagles Landing Family Practice the Georgia Revolution FC join forces to strengthen the sports community of Henry County.

We’re extremely proud and humbled to be an active member of the local community. Whether it’s bringing people together through local events, contributing to the community by sponsoring small businesses or shining the spotlight on student-athletes – Eagles Landing is all about the people.

The Georgia Revolution Football Club was founded in 2010, making Henry County their home the following year in 2011. Over recent years, the team has continued to grow, attracting thousands to Henry County to support.

The GA Revs are anything but a ‘local soccer team.’ The team consists of highly skilled athletes, ready to use their talents to make our community and our state proud. More so, the club has made it part of their mission to help their community thrive.

So, what about Eagles Landing Family Practice? ELFP is proud to be one of the financial sponsors of the GA Revs for a third consecutive year. Why? Because ELPF’s relationship with the Revs if more than business; it’s personal. Many of the coaches and staff are patients of Eagles Landing Family Practice, as well as some of the players. With that in mind, deciding to renew our sponsorship for 2019 was an easy decision and a happy one at that.

If you’d like to support the Revs, come watch their first home match at Henry County High School on May 4th at 7:30pm. For more information on The Revs, visit

The Secret to Living is Giving

At Eagles Landing Family Practice, we believe in giving back to our community. Whether it be sponsoring a local soccer league, donating $10,000 of our mammogram proceeds, or hosting a toy drive for kids less fortunate – we believe in helping those in need.

In February, we got to be a part of and donate over $3,700 to a special cause for Locust Grove High School’s softball team for their State Champ rings. The team consists of 17 girls, 16 players and 1 manager. They were 30 and 5 in the season, 14 and 0 in the region play, and 8 and 0 in State Tournament play. Talk about champions!

Hosting the 1st and 2nd rounds of state at Locust Grove High School, they defeated Veterans High School and then Starrs Mill High School. To touch on those series, they are a best 2 out of 3, and the Locust Grove High School softball team won each series, 2 and 0.

With the final 8 teams playing down in Columbus, Georgia, they defeated Buford High School, Thomas County Central, Bainbridge and Loganville High School in the finals. The Locust Grove HS softball team outscored the opponents, 27 and 5 in the final 8. Defeat and conquer!

You think that’s impressive? Well, this was the very first team to go undefeated in all regions and all-state play, the first softball team to win 2 state titles in the county, and only female sport to have back-to-back titles in the county over all sports.

The softball team ended the season, ranking number 2 Statewide and number 2 Nationally across all classifications. Eagles Landing Family Practice is proud to play a small part in donating for the Locust Grove High School’s softball team for their highly-deserved State Champ rings, and celebrate in their victories.

Giving back to our community through non-profit organizations, charity or sponsorships allows us to contribute to the common good and lets us focus on the needs of others. Whether it be donating money or volunteering our time – we hope that giving back will impact the lives of those we help, along with our local community.  

We believe that the secret to living is giving – that life is never fulfilled by what you get, but rather by what you give.

Future Generation – The Family Values Award

What defines an ‘athlete’? Maybe their determination, triumph or enthusiasm?

While these terms are intertwined with being an athlete, there’s also a more robust foundation worth commemorating – making a difference through their character and attitude, something that Eagles Landing Family Practice is honored to support.

For the second year, we’re proud to partner with Positive Athlete and Hines Ward – giving away two Family Values Awards to the male and female athletes that best embody the heart of a Positive Athlete, and who exemplifies the importance of positive family values.

Seven years ago, Scott Pederson (founder and president of Celebrate Positive, LLC) and a group of well-known athletes shared a distinctive goal – to shine a light and honor young, positive athletes that gave back, despite their circumstances through scholarships, as well as recognition. It was this type of athleticism that they knew was eagerly needed to be honored, along with being rewarded. Positive Athlete’s message was infectious, and soon migrated to Hines Ward’ stomping ground here in Georgia. Ward, a former Georgia Bulldog, two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and season 12 winner of Dancing with the Starts became the spokesperson, and the foundation was widely received.

Hines Ward says, “We’re searching for kids with positive attitudes whose efforts don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheets. These kids are also positive role models in their schools, who get involved in charitable causes, have already learned the meaning of giving back at an early age, and may have overcome difficult circumstances yet remained positive. So, adding an award such as Eagles Landing Family Practice – Family Values Award will definitely impact these already amazing kids in an even greater way”.

This kind of ambition is a great fit for Eagles Landing Family Practice. It gives us the chance to give back to the community, while also supporting the future generation of leaders who reflect our family values. Young athletes who encourage and put their teammate first, on and off the field, who take the to help others, serve their communities, who acknowledge their deficiencies, always give 110% and who set an example for others – these are just a few exemplary attributes that qualify a student-athlete for nomination.

Eagles Landing Family Practice is proud to unite with Hines Ward and the Positive Athlete team as a scholarship sponsor. We will be honoring two special athletes from our surrounding counties of Henry, Rockdale, Butts and Clayton that best represents the characteristics of the Family Values Award and two $1,000 college scholarships. If you know of someone that embodies these attributes, click here and be sure to nominate them by March 15th, 2019.

Let’s encourage our positive teens to create the foundation of a ‘go-getter’ in school, sports and in life, and show that there’s more to celebrate than just trophies. Together, we can help honor and reward a commendable student-athlete.

6 Simple Steps to a Healthier, Happier You in the New Year

Another year has come to a close, and so another year begins. With a new year comes the common proclamation, “New Year, New Me”. It’s no surprise that one of the most common and popular New Year’s resolutions is to start living a healthier life. When we’re living healthy lives, it seems like other things in life prosper as well. We have more energy, we can think more clearly, and our bodies are better equipped to fight off and prevent sickness.

Let’s be real, a New Year’s resolution is essentially just words if it doesn’t have a good plan. The same goes for living a healthier lifestyle. In fact, a study found that only about 8% of people who make health related resolutions meet their goal. However, making a plan that works isn’t always easy, as there are many things in life that compete for our attention, time and money. But even the best plans fall apart if people don’t have a support team, or if the plan is to much for the person to take on. Life has a tendency to get in our way, but we also tend to fall of track when our goals are unrealistic or overly complicated.

However, a plan for a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ve narrowed it down to 6 simple steps you can take to live a healthier, happier you in the new year.

1. Be Mindful of What You Eat
The first step to a healthy life is choosing to eat healthier. Simply be mindful of what you eat. This has two meanings, though – it doesn’t just mean eat better. Of course, cutting back on fast foods and sweets is a good thing, but mindful eating also means to actually pay attention while you eat. Slow down and take pauses, as studies have found that distracted eating can lead to over eating.

2. Catch Up on Your Rest
One of the most important things a person can do to live a healthy life is to be sure they’re caught up on rest. When a person is behind on sleep, many things can suffer and this can lead to a weakened immune system.

3. Implement a Positive and Grateful Attitude
The next step is a simple one that is often overlooked – be grateful! A positive attitude full of gratitude can do more than people realize. Find time during the day to pause and reflect on the things you’re grateful for in life. This can help you clear your mind of stress and give you a healthy sense of balance and perspective.

4. Walk or Exercise for 30 Minutes Each Day
The next step is to find about 30 minutes a day to take a walk or add in some form of physical activity. This can be all at once or broken up into shorter increments based on your schedule. Grab a friend at work and make it part of your new lunch routine. You can even go for an evening stroll with your family (or dog) after dinner.

5. Skip the Elevator, Take the Stairs
Taking the stairs instead of elevators is a simple change to make, and it can be very effective. This allows you to be more physically active and can help lead to better cardiovascular health, as well as a stronger heart.

6. Try a 30-Day Challenge
The last step is to commit to a 30-day fitness challenge. Find an activity that you enjoy and commit to it for one month. Many plans fail before they begin because people tend to over-commit to 6 months or a year. However, starting with 30 days is much more manageable. So, find an accountability partner and get to it!

Lastly – after all is said and done, Eagles Landing Family Practice encourages everyone to have regular checkups and screenings.

With a healthcare plan designed to keep you and your loved ones healthy, there’s no better time to get started like the New Year. Schedule an appointment today at one of our nine locations, and make 2019 your healthiest, happiest year yet!

10 Tips for Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Well, it’s that time of the year again. You know? One holiday party after another that keeps coming in between you and eating healthy. It’s almost like you can’t avoid it. Thanksgiving is easier to handle because it’s a one-day splurge event but eating in December is like a marathon. With all the office parties and family events, gatherings tend to revolve around casseroles, eggnog and cookies. It’s safe to say that Santa isn’t the only one who over-indulges over Christmas.

But believe it or not, making healthy, clean-eating choices is possible during the holidays. And, it doesn’t have to be a time where you put your goals on hold till the New Year. All you need is a game plan and a few tips to get you through the rest of the year. You can enjoy this season without feeling guilty or like you blew your nutrition goals.


Here are 10 tips for balancing eating healthy, while also enjoying your holiday favorites.


Tip #1: Basic health 101, don’t skip breakfast:
We all know that breakfast is an essential part of a healthy diet. And, while skipping meals may sound like a good way to cut calories, it could actually result in overeating. That just defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? Starting off the day with a healthy, balanced meal can help you regulate the number of calories taken-in throughout the day. So, try including fibers, like oatmeal, and add in some colorful fruits and veggies.

Tip #2: Avoid overeating and grab a {small} plate:
One of the most overlooked strategies to avoid overeating is simply using your plate, and a smaller one at that. This immediately limits the amount of food you can put on it and encourages proper portion sizes. Another strategy is to divide your plate. Think about the 50/25/25 rule. The first and biggest half (50%) is strictly for vegetables. In fact, eating a salad before your meal helps you consume fewer calories overall, but broccoli and other veggies are just as good. Then, there’s the two smaller halves (25% and 25%). These two sections are meant for starches and protein; like a cup of potatoes (size of your fist) and a 3-ounce piece of meat (size of your palm). We know that holiday meals tend to be on the larger side and usually include two or three helpings – so remember to eat slowly and wait about 15 minutes before considering that second plate.

Tip #3: Mingle away from the buffet table:
Portion control is important during the holidays, especially when you’re eating and mingling the whole time.  So, after your meal, try staying away from the buffet table so you avoid mindless grazing. There’s no need for that “uncomfortably full, need to unbutton my pants” kind of feeling we all know we’ve had. Remember, the turkey was meant to be stuffed…not you too.

Tip #4: Practice mindful eating:
Saying something like “focus on what you’re eating” might sound odd to some. However, doing this will help you enjoy the food for its taste and texture. Mindful eating is a practice that is growing and is very useful during the holiday season. Studies have shown that people who take time to be mindful of their foods are less likely to overeat. So, fix a serving of your favorites, and enjoy!

Tip #5: Watch those beverages:
It’s easy to overlook the calories that come with sugary beverages. We get it. With all those holiday events come cocktails, sodas, eggnog, etc. But, is it worth all those packed calories? There are simple ways to make healthier choices; like choosing a wine spritzer at the party, water instead of soda at dinner, and skim milk in your latte in the morning over regular milk. See, that’s not so bad.

Tip #6: Use that southern hospitality and offer to bring a dish:
Have you ever been invited to a friend’s party, just knowing that there will be nothing healthy to eat? If you find yourself in this situation, consider bringing your own dish. This way, you’ll know that there will be a healthy option for you, and the host might even appreciate the gesture.

Tip #7: Stock your home with healthy ingredients:
Making healthy choices while you’re out to dinner isn’t the only hurdle to jump. It’s also essential to make smart choices at home. To do this, make sure your fridge is stocked with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy snacks.

Tip #8: Don’t deny your favorites. After all, it is the holidays:
Speaking of your favorites, let’s not leave them out. Sometimes the cravings for your favorite chocolate cake or cheeseburger just calls your name, and that’s okay! Eating your favorite foods is perfectly fine, in moderation. Remember that enjoying your favorite meal or dessert does not mean you’ve given up on your nutrition goals. In fact, refusing foods  can often lead to overeating. So, treat yourself every once and a while!

Tip #9: Move it, move it. Get your body moving:
After the holiday meals have been eaten, make sure to get some exercise – just 20 or 30 minutes a day. Instead of sitting around the house with your extended family, ask them to go on a walk outside or shoot some hoops with the kids. However, physical activity isn’t just important after meals. Starting your day off with a workout can also help burn calories throughout the entire day and keep that metabolism moving. And know that if you fall off track during the holiday season, it’s okay. You can always start the New Year off with a clean slate.

Tip #10: Visit with one of our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
If you’re searching for dietary help, support as we dive into the holiday season, or if you just want to learn more about overall healthy, clean-eating – schedule an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists!

Being healthy during the holiday season doesn’t mean it can’t include some of your favorite holiday foods. Even better, Christmas and holiday parties don’t have to ruin your clean-eating streak. So, don’t stress. The key is to aim for balanced, mindful eating. The best part of it all…you don’t have to do it alone! You can eagerly conquer this holiday season with all these tips, and even better – by scheduling a checkup with your ELFP provider.

Remember, choosing the smaller portions can result in a big difference (and not having to buy larger pants in the New Year).