FitArlington - Tips to Help You Reach Your Goals





eat a colorful diet

Eat a Colorful Diet 

Strive for five different colors from natural foods. Try to incorporate at least five different fruits and/or vegetables daily into your daily diet. By eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, you add essential nutrients and vitamins into your diet. Read more...

portion control: energy in = energy out

Portion Control: Energy In = Energy Out

Simply put, watch those calories. If you eat more calories than you are burning off in a day, you will gain weight. If you burn off more than you take in, you will lose weight. Here are some simple tips on portion control. Read more...

Healthy Vending

FitArlington Healthy Vending Initiative

Promotes healthy lifestyles and empowers citizens to make healthier choices by replacing sugary snacks and beverages in vending machines in Arlington County Community Centers with higher-quality and more nutritious foods and beverages. Read more...

Enjoy a Night Out

Enjoy a Night Out - Smoke Free!

Legislation banning smoking in Virginia’s bars and restaurants went into effect Dec. 1, 2009.  This ban protects restaurant workers and patrons from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Read more...



Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve your health–aerobic and muscle-strengthening. Read more...

A little rusty? For tips on starting an active lifestyle, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' website.

try something new

Try Something New

Don't get bored with the same old stuff at the grocery store. Try to incorporate new fruits and vegetables into your daily routine. 

buy fresh/buy local

Buy Fresh/Buy Local

There are many local farm markets in Arlington that serve several purposes. These markets directly support farmers and reduce the carbon emissions required to move foods long distances from farms to traditional grocery stores. 

simple tips: plan, prepare, and pack

Simple Tips:  Plan, Prepare, and Pack

Don't feel desperately hungry and get caught in front of a vending machine or having to run out to grab some lunch. Pack lunch the night before including leftovers from dinner or a sandwich. This will likely save calories and a few cents in your wallet. Bring a piece of whole fruit to eat as a morning and/or afternoon snack. 

learn something new

Learn Something New

Come play with us! Join your Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and take a class. Imagine learning about: ceramics, playing guitar, yoga, photography, or jewelry making among other things. Find a healthy way to enjoy your free time and expand your horizons. List of classes...  


Smoke-Free Parks

Arlington County values a safe and healthy environment. The Smoke-Free Parks Initiative asks park patrons to refrain from smoking within 50 feet of areas of congregation in our parks such as ball fields, pavilions and playgrounds.


Last Modified: April 14, 2014
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