Fit Bits

Alabama Living Magazine

An occasional feature focusing on healthy habits, gadgets and recipes.

Seven simple steps to a healthier lifestyle

  • Get active. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week, spread out over several days.
  • Eat better. Make sure your diet is colorful and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Cholesterol control. Adding color to your diet, exercising more and eating smart can help lower cholesterol levels.
  • Control blood pressure.
  • Blood glucose (sugar) control. Cut added sugar by checking nutrition labels and reducing sugary drinks and sweets.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking puts you at risk of multiple diseases.

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is growing at an alarming rate, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Ten percent of people over the age of 65 have the disease, and two-thirds of them are women. Someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s every minute.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Learn more about the “go purple” movement and how you can raise awareness at

Aloha Chicken

  • Cooking spray
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¾ cup sweet barbecue sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 20-ounce can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 2 cups sliced red pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and set it to the side. In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Coat the chicken on both sides with the mixture and place the chicken on the sheet. Top the chicken with barbecue sauce and spread the peppers and pineapple around the chicken. Bake for 40 minutes or until meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Try serving over cooked whole-grain rice.

Recipe courtesy of Live Well Alabama, a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. Learn more at


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