CMH encourages residents to celebrate National Healthy Weight Week Jan. 19-25

Need to drop a few pounds from holiday weight gain? Start the road to a healthy lifestyle by celebrating National Healthy Weight Week, Jan. 19-25.  Also observed during this week is Women’s Healthy Weight Day on Jan. 23, which honors women who choose healthy lifestyles. This entire week is a time to recognize people of all sizes who eat well, lead active lives and feel good about themselves.

Healthy Weight Week is annually observed as a way to bring attention to obesity – a growing problem in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about a third of U.S. adults struggle with obesity. This number has doubled in the past two decades. Since obesity can account for around 300,000 deaths per year, it comes with many risks. These risks include cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Despite this growing epidemic, there are ways to control weight. Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet are great methods used to lose weight. Exercising could be as simple as taking walks, bike rides or using the stairs instead of the elevator. It is important to make a habit of eating healthy foods such as lean meats, fruits and vegetables.

While eating at a restaurant can be difficult while you are trying to be healthier, it’s not impossible. According to Kevin Presley, D.O., family medicine physician with Pleasant Hope Family Medical Center, people should avoid fast food and buffets, order smaller portions, drink water or do something active after their meals. “It is also important to avoid foods that are highly processed like high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners,” says Dr. Presley.

Dr. Presley also offered some of his personal suggestions for weight loss. “Invest yourself in the long-term process of lifestyle change for healthy weight loss.  Write down 10 reasons that you want to lose weight and be very specific about these,” shares Dr. Presley. “This will help you see just how much your weight is affecting you and help motivate you to make slow, gradual changes that will lead to a more healthy you.  Start by going to yourweightmatters.org and take the survey.  This is free and will get you some ongoing resources to help you in your weight loss journey.”

For more information on how to be healthy or how to lose weight, please contact the CMH Information Center at 417-328-6010 or 888-328-6010.

January 17, 2014

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