Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Eat Healthier in 2014


COVINGTON - The American Medical Association voted in June to officially recognize obesity as a disease, drawing a clear distinction between what has long been regarded as a consequence of lifestyle and a medical illness. Did you know obesity affects one in three Americans?

What many people do not know is that obesity eventually can lead to other chronic illnesses/medical conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also forecasts that 50 million Americans will have diabetes by 2050. 

This situation means everyone needs to take a look at our families and ourselves to see how to incorporate a healthier lifestyle. Check out these two websites our clinical dietitians often refer to for healthier, smarter eating:

Choose My Plate offers tips and hints on a variety of topics, including weight management and calories, physical activity and healthy eating tips. The Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series, found by clicking here, provides consumers and professionals with high quality, easy-to-follow tips in a convenient, printable format. These are perfect for posting on a refrigerator.

These tips and ideas are a starting point. You will find a wealth of suggestions here that can help you get started toward a healthy diet. Choose a change that you can make today, and move toward a healthier you. 

MOVE! Weight Management Program

Move! is a national weight management program designed by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to help the public lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.

More on the Move! program can be found by clicking here


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