Count Stepalot’s Halloween Challenge – Win a $30.00 Amazon gift certificate

One step, two steps, three steps, 10,000 steps

HAHAHAHAHAHA.

Velcome my stepping friend!

Sound familiar?;)

It’s Halloween time again, a perfect way to take more steps and have fun at the same time. And if you’re likely dipping into the Halloween goodies, a great way to burn off some calories too. To help motivate you to take more steps this Halloween, whether it’s out walking with your kids from house to house, dancing up a storm at a Halloween party or traipsing to the door handing out treats, we’re offering you this challenge.

Send us a photo or a video of you wearing or holding your pedometer with some sort of Halloween theme in the picture and you’re eligible to win a $30.00 gift certificate from Amazon.com. You can be dressed up, or you can be in front of a Halloween decorated yard as long as it’s Halloween theme related. The winning photo or video will be posted on the WalkingSpree blog. You must have your pedometer showing in the photo or video or you won’t be eligible for the prize.

All entries must be in by noon EST. Monday, Nov. 3rd.

Send your entry to halloweensteps@walkingspree.com

Some tips to keep you on the straight and narrow this Halloween. Here’s a handy treats calorie calculator to figure out how many steps you need to walk off those calories.

Good luck and have fun!

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Vote for WalkingSpree in MyFamilyDoctor Twitter Contest

MyFamilyDoctor’s Twitter contest for a free magazine subscription is drawing to a close this Wednesday. WalkingSpree was thrilled to hear that one of our tweets was chosen for one of the “Favorite Creative Tip” options to vote for.

So go on over and vote for WalkingSpree’s tweet:

walkingspree: when I buy groceries with my kids, I take the opportunity to teach them about reading food labels”

or any of the tweets that you liked for that matter:) There are lots of great suggestions on how little steps add up to big effects in your health.

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Eating healthy in a tough economy – Part 2

I want to continue on the same topic as last week. Hopefully, these new tips will be just as useful for you.
1. Consider inexpensive protein sources, such as beans or cottage cheese

2. When cooking or eating out, plan for leftovers

3. Buy generic and store brand foods

4. Buy in bulk as Sam’s Club, BJ’s, or Costco

5. Try planting your own produce garden at your home

6. Check serving sizes of frozen foods to see if cost can be reduced while maintaining nutrition.

Back in Skinny Jeans has a great post on 5 ways to Avoid or Stop Stress Eating.

It’s no surprise that with all the economic tension many people are relieving stress by over eating or eating when they really aren’t hungry. Stress eating is a common issue when it comes to weight management, so here are 5 ways to help you avoid the trap of eating out of anxiety and worry:

Next week I will compare and contrast prices of inexpensive food choices. Have a great week!!

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Win a free subscription to My Family Doctor Magazine on National Small Steps Day

If you remember our Micro Steps for Micro Media challenge we had last week that inspired many steppers to fit in more steps throughout the day. We now want to let you know of a new challenge from My Family Doctor Magazine that also follows along in that concept with their first Small Steps Twitter contest.

In order to celebrate what My Family Doctor Magazine has wonderfully dubbed National Small Steps Day inspired by blogger Mark Salinas’ post One Step at a Time, you’ll have the opportunity to win a free subscription to My Family Doctor Magazine.

They want you to:

Answer the question:
What small steps are you taking for your health?

Tweet your ideas throughout the day next Tuesday, October 21.
Type #step in the tweet.

This is a great incentive to build off your micro steps for micro media challenge. For every #step contest tweet you make, put in those 140 more pedometer steps. Just one more reason to keep those numbers going up and up.

This contest is over today at midnight. So get stepping and tweeting right now!

Be sure to follow My Family Doctor on Twitter.

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Eating healthy in a tough economy

The economy has taken its toll on just about everybody and everything that you do. Many people are cutting back and doing the best they can do to survive in a tough economy. I have some ideas I would like to share with you about how to get the most for your buck when it comes to nutrition. Here are some of my favorite tips:

1. Compare food prices based on number of servings provided and nutritional contribution. Also, look at the unit price of food.

2. Take inventory of the food you have at home. Buy only what you need and what you plan to eat.

3. Plan your meals in advance. Try to make a menu for each week so you know what you plan on cooking.

4. Plan for leftovers.

5. Purchase produce that is in season.

6. Use sales and coupons.

7. Never shop on an empty stomach. Make sure you go shopping after a meal of snack.

Hopefully, these will help many WalkingSpree members. If you liked this post, look for my blog next week as I will share some more of these ideas with you.

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