What are the benefits of exercising?

According to the Mayo Clinic:

  • exercise improves your mood
  • decreases your risk for chronic disease
  • helps manage your weight
  • boosts your energy level
  • helps you sleep better
  • it can be fun!

What are the benefits of eating a healthy diet?

According to the WebMD:

  • helps manage your weight
  • helps prevent chronic diseases such as:
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • high blood pressure
  • type 2 diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • some types of cancer

How Can I Eat Healthier?

According to WebMD:

  • Aim for balance. Most days, eat from each food group-grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and meat and other proteins, including beans. Listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you feel satisfied.
  • Look for variety. Be adventurous. Choose different foods in each food group. For example, don’t reach for an apple every time you choose a fruit. Eating a variety of foods each day will help you get all the nutrients you need.
  • Practice moderation. Don’t have too much or too little of one thing. All foods, if eaten in moderation, can be part of healthy eating. Even sweets can be okay.

How Can I Be More Active?

  • create a plan and stick to it
  • work out with a partner for support
  • take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • walk places as often as you can
  • ride your bike
  • if you are in school, sign up for an exercise class
  • join a local gym
  • start with small goals and build up until you are consistent

What if I don’t like sports?

You don’t have to like sports to exercise! There are so many different activities that don’t involve contact sports. Try aerobics, swimming, water aerobics, zumba, weight lifting, running, hiking, spinning, etc. Try a variety of activities until you find a few you like.

    What are the risk factors for Obesity?

    According to the Mayo Clinic:

    • genetics
    • ethnicity/race
    • age
    • poor diet
    • lack of exercise
    • sedentary lifestyle

    What does obesity increase your risk for?


    How do I know if I’m obese?


    How Many adults are overweight or obese in the U.S.?

    According to webMD,  36.6% of Americans are overweight and 26.5% obese.

    What are the rates of childhood obesity in the U.S.?

    According to the CDC, childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years, and about a third of children are obese.


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