Obesity is common, serious and costly
In the United States, obesity is a growing serious and costly problem! The Center for Disease Control’s data indicates that 35.7% of U.S. adults are obese. Approximately, 17% or 12.5 million children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese; a rate that has tripled since 1980. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
What will YOU DO??
What are WE going to do to turn the tide and live a healthier life in 2014? January is Family Fit Lifestyle Month and EVERYONE is getting involved in making a commitment to a healthier family; even the President of the United States and the First Lady. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is a site designed to help you learn more on how to help your family become fit!
Start by thinking about your family and what you do in your free time. Does your family spend too much time watching TV and not enough time taking walks? Does your family have a history of diabetes or heart disease? The best role models to teach children about living healthy are the adults in their lives. Choosing nutritious foods and engaging in active indoor and outdoor activities is a great way for spending time with the whole family while promoting the importance of a healthier lifestyle. A family that gets fit together becomes a much stronger and healthier unit.
Here are a few family fit lifestyle tips: Go food shopping together and choose nutritious foods. Discuss the differences and the benefits of eating healthier.
You need to design a family fit plan. Challenge yourselves as a family from children to seniors. It is a great step for any of us who want to set themselves on the road to a healthier life through positive changes to physical activity and eating behaviors. Adults (that’s anyone aged 18 and older), your goals should be:
Kids and teens (that’s anyone between 6 and 17 years), your goals are:
Are you going to become a healthier family this year?? Follow these suggestions, visit www.fitness.gov or http://www.letsmove.gov/ for suggestions and ideas, and….. Let’s Move Together for Healthier Families!!