health: Diet and exercise are important to maintain total health
Overweight and obesity is at an all time high, and expected to continue the increased prevalence rate according to the Center of Disease Control, 2012. The risks of this nation-wide epidemic are the increase disease prevalence of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers. Increased cost of health care is a serious concern. According to the Atlanta Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an additional $1,429 per person and an estimated $147 billion was spent on obesity related health conditions in 2008.
A common misconception—Fats!
There are many different types of fats, some are healthier than others. Did you know that unsaturated fats can actually help you lose weight when eaten in moderation?
Saturated fats are found naturally in animal products such as dairy and meats. This type of saturated fat sticks to the arteries and clogs them when consumed in high quantity, and can lead to cardiovascular disease, overweight, obesity or diabetes. Other saturated fats are found in nuts, seeds, oils, and fish; however the difference in saturated fat in animal products is cholesterol.
While animal products contribute to bad cholesterol (LDL) nuts, avocados, seeds, fish, and oils all help to decrease bad cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health (raising HDL, good cholesterol). Most of the total fat found in nuts, seeds, avocados, fish, and oils are from unsaturated fat, also known as mono- and polyunsaturated fat. These fats are full of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Being active doesn’t mean you have to get bulky muscle. 30-60 minutes of physical activity five days a week is the recommended standard. Exercise helps increase bone density and general muscle and tendon strength to help support the body as it ages, decreasing the likelihood for injuries.
Exercise helps you:
The food that we eat is what our body uses to survive. Choose nutritious foods over convenience or processed quick fixes. We eat to sustain our lives. We eat for energy. Use the energy that is consumed to stay healthy and fit!