Monday, August 16, 2010

Obesity takes over

Obesity rates in the U.S. are trending upward more quickly than expected. CDC’s recently-released report, “State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults – United States, 2009,” 2.4 million more Americans became obese from 2007 to 2009. The report estimates the medical costs of obesity to be as high as $147 billion a year, and stated that medical costs for obese people were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Scary! How can you help in promoting healthy behaviors? Get involved with your community! 

 - Volunteer at a local health fair
 - Maintain your sidewalk and streets so that others can use them for exercise
 - Contact local authorities and urge them to take actions to improve your neighborhood by making it more walker-friendly if your neighborhood needs it
 - Discuss actions to improve health of school lunches and increase recess time with school board members

The opportunities are endless...You can easily be a part of the solution!

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