Friday, March 3, 2017

Nutrition Month: Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

As the year progresses, perhaps our New Year’s resolution is starting to slip through, or it’s been a while since we’ve visited the gym. Not to worry! March is Nutrition Month, which The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states, “Focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” Approximately 127 million adults in the United States are overweight, 60 million obese, and 9 million severely obese. Obesity is associated with more than 30 serious medical conditions, including heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as chronic health problems such as back pain and impaired sleep.

So what can you do to prevent these health risks from happening to you or your loved ones? Well, eating right not only makes you feel better, it also gives you the fuel you need to do a good day’s work and still have energy to enjoy personal time. Eating more fruits and vegetables (and less saturated fat) is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Having at least 30 minutes of exercise every day will help keep your mind and body active, which is helpful in reducing diabetes. And of course, continue to visit your nearest medical clinic. Find out whether your clinic has a mobile clinic that you’d like to visit, or if you’re an employer, getting a mobile clinic to come to you is the perfect way to keep your employees healthy!

By staying informed and maintaining a healthy diet, you are reducing your chance of obesity and diabetes. During American Heart Month, we learned that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. We can all reduce that number, starting with our nutrition. By eating our daily fruits and veggies, we’re making one step towards progess, and in the long run, and reducing percentages of diabetes and heart diseases! 

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