As a nation, two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese; that is now widely recognized as a public health crisis. Many more children are overweight today than kids ten years ago. Even small lifestyle changes can save our own health and the health of our families.
Obesity and being overweight may cause serious health problems. Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and problems with mobility are just some of the significant health consequences of being overweight. Even if you’re not overweight, many of these illnesses may be prevented by a balanced diet and by an active lifestyle.
If you burn as many or more calories than you take in, you can maintain a healthy weight. We have some tips on how to start doing that.
- Make physical activity a fun and rewarding part of your routine — not by setting aside hours at a time for exercise, but by becoming more active in your everyday life.
- Eat a balanced diet containing all the food groups, and control your portion sizes. You don’t have to give up the foods you love, but eat in moderation and save high-calorie meals for special occasions.
- Avoid sugary drinks like soda and juices. Hydrate your body with more water.
The Health Center has a staff nutritionist specializing in nutrition management, education and screening. Meet with a nutritionist at the Health Center to develop skills to ensure a healthier diet and weight for you and your family.
This is information excerpted from the US Department of Health and Human Services.