As we discussed in our previous blog, Childhood Obesity: Causes, Challenges, and Consequences, there are 3 million new cases of childhood obesity each year. The number sounds startling, however, it’s not the end all be all. There are ways to combat childhood obesity, prevent it, and get it under control once it’s already taken its hold. These tips center around lifestyle changes, while focusing on baby steps. A small difference in each day for thirty days straight will have a far greater impact than two days of big changes in a 30 day period.
Are you thinking about ways to improve your family’s diet and exercise habits, but you’re not sure where to start? There’s a lot of information on the internet, and it can be challenging to figure out where to go and what information you can trust. Don’t be discouraged, because the United States Department of Agriculture has an excellent resource for all things related to nutrition and physical activity. It’s called ChooseMyPlate.org.
Weight loss may be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear words like exercise, physical activity, nutrition, diet, and healthy eating, but there’s much more to it. A lifestyle that consists of physical activity and proper nutrition is important to your overall quality of life, more than just the benefit of weight loss. The truth is that physical activity and nutrition are essential to a healthy body and a healthy mind.
Preventative health care isn’t only care you receive to avert a health issue before it becomes an illness. It’s a way of life. From your lifestyle to vaccinations and early detection, the purpose of preventative health care is to avert a serious health problem. According to the Center for Disease Control, 7 in 10 deaths in the United States are attributed to chronic diseases. Several chronic diseases are preventable, and even treatable if caught early. Committing to health care prevention won’t only improve your life – it just might save it one day.
We’re nearing the new year, and it’s a time when many people begin to think about resolutions and changes they want to see in their life in the coming year. Common New Year’s resolutions involve eating healthier and working out more, but probably the most common desire for many people is that they want to lose weight. After the holidays, there’s no more excuse to overeat and splurge on treats. It’s time for a fresh start, a time to shed some pounds and refocus on our health.
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, which means a multitude of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry! For many people, it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet during the holidays because you have access to some of your favorite foods you only get to eat once a year. Unfortunately, many of these holiday foods also don’t have many health benefits – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have them or enjoy them in moderation. Keep reading to learn how to be mindful of what your putting in your mouth this season.
Topics: Healthy Lifestyle