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SPRING TOWARD A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE
March is National Nutrition Month
MADISON - Noting that March is National Nutrition Month, state health
officials are calling attention to Wisconsinís growing adult obesity
rate and encouraging people to make healthy lifestyle changes.
"At least half the adults in every county in Wisconsin are either
overweight or obese," said State Health Officer Dr. Seth Foldy.
"With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to
change your lifestyle by becoming more physically active and indulging in
delicious, healthy foods."
Wisconsinís adult obesity rate has more than doubled since 1990 and
was ranked 25th in the nation in 2008.A combination of a poor diet and an
inactive lifestyle can increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, high
blood pressure, depression and Type 2 diabetes.
Suggested positive lifestyle changes include:
- Choose healthy foods. Choose from a variety of fruits and
vegetables, whole-grain foods, low-fat dairy products, lean meats and
fish. All of these provide essential nutrients with fewer calories.
Use www.mypyramid.gov to help
you make smart food choices. Many Wisconsin families receive help
supplementing their healthy food options through the FoodShare and WIC
programs. See if you are eligible at Access.wi.gov.
- Keep moving! Adding more physical activity to your day is as
simple as walking around the neighborhood or taking the stairs at
work. Regular activity reduces the risk of chronic diseases and can
help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Adults should aim
for 150 minutes of physical activity each week and children should try
for 60 minutes each day.
- Set an example. Prepare nutritious meals for your family.
Plant your own vegetable garden for delicious treats. Play a team
sport with your family or friends. Be a leader in healthy living.
- Involve your community. Make sure healthy food options are
labeled and available at work and school. Support policies, which
increase accessibility to low-income residents. Promote an environment
that advocates for a healthier quality of life.
"Good nutrition is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy life.
Eating a sensible diet combined with adding exercise to your daily routine
will not only improve your health and your state of mind, but it will also
decrease your risk for chronic health problems," Foldy said.
Learn more by visiting the Departmentís Nutrition, Physical Activity
and Obesity Prevention Program web page at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/physicalactivity/
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Last Revised: July 12, 2010