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Expert tips to avoid the 'quarantine 15,' stay healthy during lockdown

Posted at 9:23 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 09:23:11-04

NEW YORK — As folks across the tri-state area continue to stay home to slow the spread of coronavirus, concerns have risen about what’s being called the "quarantine 15."

The combination of stress and boredom has many people reaching for the cookies and chips instead of the celery and carrots.

Worried about the long term effects of unhealthy eating habits, officials in Huntington on Long Island have launched a new initiative to help residents avoid (or reduce) the quarantine 15.

The Healthy Huntington initiative, which is voluntary, offers residents free resources and advice on eating healthy as well as free online fitness and yoga classes.

Dr. David Buchin, director of Bariatric Surgery at Huntington Hospital and head of Long Island Obesity Surgery, said exercise and staying away from processed food as well as too much alcohol are all ways to get your body back on track as you settle into a "new normal" amid the pandemic.

To avoid going to the grocery store often, buy fruits, vegetables and protein in bulk and then freeze them for later use.