Managing Your Weight
and the Link to Chronic Disease Prevention
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that since 1980 adult obesity has doubled and today approximately 34% of American adults are obese. Research has shown a strong correlation between obesity and chronic health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension to name a few. In fact, a 27% increase in obesity-related medical costs has also been seen since the 1980's. It seems that our lifestyle may be the culprit. Increases in daily calorie consumption combined with a decrease in physical activity have contributed greatly to the obesity epidemic. After reading the sobering statistics, it's easy to want to drop those unwanted pounds or avoid them altogether. Accomplishing the task is a whole other ballgame. Where do we start?
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September 2008 Healthwatch
Stay up-to-date on the latest health and nutrition information with Virtual Health Info's monthly HealthWatch bulletin, America's premier source for health information. The September issue of HealthWatch features the following articles:The Importance Of Strong Immunity and National Cancer Institute Encourages Eating Blue And Purple Fruits And Vegetables
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The Importance Of Strong Immunity
When the seasons change from summer to fall and children go back to school, the chances of getting a cold are increased. That's why it's important to do all we can to stay healthy and fit by bolstering the body's defenses.
The body's defenses are influenced by the strength of our immunity. The strength of our immune system determines our ability to resist infection and suppress the growth of abnormal cells. It's the key to fighting every kind of insult to the body; from those little scratches kids get on the playground to the massive amount of viruses that constantly try to invade us. Even the aging process may be related to deteriorating immunity.
Several factors reduce the strength of our immune system such as poor nutrition, stress, environmental pollutants, and overexposure to the intake of drugs and chemicals from processed foods. Click here for more information.
August 2008 Healthwatch
Stay up-to-date on the latest health and nutrition information with Virtual Health Info's monthly HealthWatch bulletin, America's premier source for health information. The August issue of HealthWatch features the following articles:Keeping Kids Healthy, Eating Right, Get Moving, Fruit Intake During Childhood May Help Curb Cancer Later In Life, Bone Health Impacted by Fruits at any Age. Click here for more information.
Keeping Kids Healthy
Less than 25% of kids eat the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables and few get regular physical activity. While moms and caregivers are aware of the importance of healthy eating and physical activity habits, they struggle with the best way to incorporate them into daily family life. With obesity rates rising among children and adults, it's important for parents to find useful information and realistic tips for making and sustaining healthy choices for kids. This month's issue of HealthWatch is devoted to helping parents and kids in their pursuit of balanced nutrition and physical activity for the mind and body.
Exercise has many benefits. It builds strong muscles and bones while increasing strength, endurance and flexibility. It also controls body fat, reduces obesity and decreases the risk diabetes. In addition to the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle the physical and emotional challenges that a typical day presents - be that running to catch a bus, bending down to tie a shoe, or studying for a test. One of the best ways to get youngsters moving is to limit the amount of time spent in sedentary activities, especially watching TV and playing video games. Help your child participate in activities that are appropriate for their age.