Give your family and friends holiday gifts that help them eat healthier or become more active.

Twelve healthy suggestions

  • High-quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Great for someone trying to lose weight by eating a lot of salad
  • Sessions with a nutritionist to tailor a diet to a person?s likes and dislikes
  • A healthy cooking class. Check out Whole Foods and other stores
  • A healthy-eating book. Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating, or You: On a Diet
  • A crock-pot, rice cooker, or steamer
  • Clothes for winter outdoor sports
  • A massage gift certificate
  • A fun exercise or dance class, yoga sessions, tae kwon do, water aerobics, indoor rock-climbing
  • A pass to the local park system. For access to outdoor activities
  • A session with a personal trainer
  • A tune-up for a bicycle
  • A quality pedometer

Thanks to Dr. Caroline Richardson from the University of Michigan Medical School for the recommendations.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

11/20/06 21:41 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.