There are several articles out related to obesity but the most important thing is prevention and intervention strategies that include the entire family. The CDC states almost one in every three children in our nation is overweight or obese which predisposes them to chronic disease and the numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities. In many cases, Children that are obese will carry obesity into adulthood that can lead to health issues as Type 2 Diabetes, Asthma, Heart problems. Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Cancer and breathing disorders to name a few. Making healthy lifestyle choices for you and your family includes education, diet and exercise, regulation and control of food and the way that they are marketed and clear nutritional labeling. Above all, it is important to see your family doctor for a health assessment to determine your specific needs for a plan that is specific for you.
- Aerobic activity (think brisk walking, running or cycling) increases oxygen consumption during exercise, which can take years off and even stimulate new brain cells.
- Build immunity. Workouts raise the body’s temps to strengthen the immune system over time and may also reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancers by regulating hormone levels.
- Protect your heart. Getting the heart pumping works wonders for decreasing the risk factors associated with heart attacks such as raising good cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and reducing arterial inflammation.
- Balance your blood sugar. A regular sweat session can decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes by increasing sensitivity to insulin and managing weight.
- Lift your mood. Regular aerobic exercise has been shown to be as effective as medication in relieving depression.
- Manage menopause. Gentle exercise like walking and yoga elevates mood and helps manage symptoms of menopause (hello hot flashes).
- Live longer. An active lifestyle will prolong your life. We'll lace up our running shoes to that.