Welcome To The Lean Plate Club

By Sally Squires
Thursday, October 12, 2006; 11:22 AM

You've just joined a group of more than five million "members." The Lean Plate Club is a "virtual" club, with no dues and no requirements--except a desire to eat smart and move more. The Lean Plate Club is not a diet. Nor is it about deprivation. It's simply designed to help you add healthy habits. You'll find easy ways to reach a healthier weight one meal at a time.

Here's what you'll discover each week in the Lean Plate Club:

Read the LPC column every Tuesday. The Lean Plate Club originated in The Washington Post and is now syndicated in newspapers from coast to coast by The Washington Post Writers' Group. Please let me know if you'd like to read it in your hometown newspaper and I'll help you contact the people to help make that happen.

Listen to the Lean Plate Club at Washington Post Radio at 1500 AM, 107.7 FM and on the Web. LPC spots are aired at 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. each Monday and on Tuesdays at 6:20 a.m. Discover lots of additional resources on our home-page at http://www.leanplateclub.com/. Here's where you'll find past Lean Plate Club columns, Web chats, community and tools to help you live and eat healthier.

Chat online with me and other Lean Plate Club members from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/03/25/LI2005032504914.html. Ask questions, share your healthy food finds, tell us how you're fitting in more physical activity or just weigh in on the discussion. Each week, we also award a handful of prizes. Can't join live? No problem. You can leave comments, tips or questions anytime.

E-mail me. I read all the messages sent to me by Lean Plate Club members and respond personally to as many as time allows. Your messages often give me ideas for future columns or e-mail newsletters. Contact me at leanplateclub@washpost.com.

Receive the free, weekly Lean Plate Club e-mail newsletter. In it, you'll find plenty of ways to help you apply up-to-date nutrition and exercise information in your own life. You'll also find the latest nutrition and exercise news each week, as well as links to healthy recipes and online exercise resources.

Join our two annual challenges: The Family Fit Challenge in the spring and the Holiday Challenge in November and December. Again, welcome to the Lean Plate Club! We look forward to having you "weigh-in" with us on healthy eating and physical activity.

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