What Matters Most?
- Annual cost for chronic conditions and diseases is big money:
$117 billion for obesity
$66 billion for high blood pressure
$432 billion for heart disease and strokes
$50 billion for weight-loss aids, diet foods, supplements, and weight-loss medications, yet obesity is still increasing
- French fries are the most widely eaten vegetable.
- 79% likelihood exists that an overweight child will become an overweight adult.
- 75% of adults don't eat the recommended daily 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables.
- Snack consumption by children has increased 300% from 20 years ago.
- 400,000 people die annually from poor eating habits and laziness.
Take action today!
- If you suffer from or have a family history of any of the aforementioned chronic conditions or diseases, consult your family physician for dietary counseling.
- Eat to live; don't live to eat.
- Although every individual is unique in his or her dietary needs, here are some ideas to help:
- Eat fewer food with refined grains and sugars, reduce your intake of fatty food, and eat smaller portions.
- Eat more dark green vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, low-fat milk products, and lean meats.
- Eat slowly so you will feel full before you've overeaten.
- Don't reward yourself or children with food.
- Develop a routine and eat at similar times each day.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Limit snacking.
Can you really afford not to?
You deserve to be in good health. For most, diabetes, hypertension, and other obesity-related chronic diseases are preventable by simply eating healthily and exercising. You will feel better than ever both mentally and physically--the only way to really live!
If you don't want to do it for yourself or your wallet, do it for those who love you.
Just start...one day at a time.
(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)