Recognizing National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, September
Many kids in America spend an average of seven hours each day sitting – watching television, listening to music, playing games or participating in learning activities on the computer and other hand-held devices, reports the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN). View full article »
Listen to advice from experts on the secret to successful employee wellness programs
Many Americans overindulge in high-calorie foods, avoid fitness activities and take minimal time to step away from the stressors in their lives. Employees in poor health cost businesses more than healthy employees. Consider these statistics: View full article »
How many days each week do you:
- Spend at least 30 minutes participating in a fitness activity?
- Choose a healthy food item over a choice that contains higher calories?
- Eat 5 servings of fruits or vegetables?
- Reduce the portion size of your meat selection?
- Select a low-calorie or sugar-free beverage?
- Find a way to unwind and release stress?
Many Americans overindulge in high-calorie foods, avoid fitness activities, and take minimal time to step away from the stressors in their lives. Employees in poor health cost businesses more than healthy employees. Consider these statistics:
- The adult obesity rate has increased from 13 percent in 1962, to 26.6 percent in 2007.
- The child obesity rate has nearly tripled over the last 20 years, from 6.5 percent to 19.6 percent.
- Teen obesity has more than tripled since 1980, from 5 percent to 18.1 percent.
- With the increase in obese Americans, the threat of type 2 diabetes and heart disease also rises.
- High blood pressure problems are also on the rise, affecting 30 percent of individuals under 50, and 82 percent of those over age 75. View full article »
In celebration of Labor Day, September 6, 2010
Americans are running short of sleep. We have carried the “do more with less” attitude from our work and personal lives into our sleep schedules. In the quest to get more done, many people cut back on sleep hours, believing that losing an hour or two of sleep won’t make much difference.
Sleep is important for our minds and bodies to work properly. It affects our ability to think clearly and to recall ideas and experiences from the past, and to deal with challenges and stressors encountered throughout the day. When we’re short on sleep, the proverbial mole hill tends to look more like a mountain.
Medical professionals remind us that sleep is important to good health. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of frequent headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
This Labor Day weekend, take time to reflect on your labors and prioritize your schedule to ensure you have adequate time for sleep. View full article »