Childhood Obesity

More than the problem of obesity in general, is the problem of childhood obesity!  It’s such a big problem because the earlier it affects people, the more harmful the effects will be.  Also, people develop habits when they’re young, so if they’re obese in their childhood, it will be harder to become healthy.  The video clip below accurately explains the huge problem that childhood obesity is.

A few pictures that show how sad this problem is are the ones below:

The percentage of children and adolescents that are considered overweight has more than doubled since the 1970s.  And an estimated 70% of diabetes risk in the U.S. can be attributed to excess weight.  If you have Diabetes, the American Diabetes Assocation is a great website to visit for information on how to control your diabetes and different things you can do to live a full life. 

Another place to go to get basic information on diabetes is http://www.informationaboutdiabetes.com/

December 17, 2009 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

Current News

Scientists have discovered what they believe is a agenetic cause of sever obesity in children!  The team incharge concluded that the loss of a key segment of DNA is to blame.  It said the findings might improve diagnosis of severe obesity–which on occasion has been wrongly attributed to abusive overfeeding.  BBC News gave this report on December 6, 2009.

Obesity is increasing throughout the world and is an increasing helath concern.  It is constantly increasing as shown below!

Katie Couric describes the huge growing problem.

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Healthy Recipes

Many people think that making a healthy recipe takes a long time.  While this may be true in some cases, keep in mind that all recipes are different!  🙂  Some unhealty recipes may take a long time, while some healthy recipes may take a short time, and vice versa!  The Food Network is a great place to go for recipes of all kinds and for all tastes!  It incluedes healthy dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and even some deserts!  There speedy soup is healthy AND fast!  It only takes eight minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pasta recommended: rotelle or other small shaped pasta recommended)
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan

Directions

Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling add pasta and cook for 5 to 6 minutes Add peas, spinach and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

Picture of Minestrone Soup with Pasta, Beans and Vegetables Recipe

Mayoclinic.com also allows people to browse through dozens of differents recipes so that everyone can find just eht one they want, for the amount of time they want and the taste they want!

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Stress

Healthy living isn’t always about eating right and exercising, although those have a lot to do with it.  It’s also about being  healthy in the mind.  Coping with stress is hard for many people.  Being stressed can lead to a weakened heart and immune system.  Between work, home duties, money, and many other things, there is a lot to think about.  Take a look at this news video on stress relief.

Self-Help for Stress is a great tool on coping with stress.  An important tool it discusses is having a plan for when certain things happen.  For example, when you’re starting to get stressed because of house duties, go outside for a short walk.  Or when you’re getting stressed from work, shoot a basketball for five miutes.  They will be different for everybody and for each situation, but can make a huge difference when you can relax for just five minutes.

As the diagram above shows, stress ccan cause people to be tired, among many other things.  Someone can be stressed from having a project due, and they should take a short ten-minute power nap to help–it would help relieve the stress and prevent the tiredness that will inevitably come on.

STRESS is another great website that gives stress management techniques that can help in out everyday lives, like setting goals, not procrastinating, taking breaks, not being a perfectionist, and so on.

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Beginning Healthy Eating

What people consider healthy eating is constantly changing, so it’s important to read recent research and stay up-to-date on what is happening.  For example, the food guide pyramid that we learned in school so many years ago has changed numerous times.  It currently looks like this:

Current Healthy Eating Guidelines are easy to find if you’re just willing to take the time.  One suggestion that many experts give is to have a plan each week for what you’ll eat.  Plan out at least dinners, if not all meals.  This helps eating healhty because you can be prepared with all the ingredients you need instead of deciding what you want one night, realizing you don’t have what you need, and ordering pizza instead.  Another important aspect is to not deprive yourself from eating foods you like.  When you do that it just creates a bigger crave and when you finally do eat that thing, you’ll binge on it, creating an even worse situation than if you just ate a little once in a while. 

Snacks are a big part of why people aren’t healthy.  It’s not a mealtime and they just want something small to hold them over until dinner.  This video below will help you learn how to snack healthy!

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Beginning Exercising

Exercising is a great way to start your path of living healthy.  It’s important to realize that you don’t have to be perfect.  Don’t overwork yourself to quickly–when you do that, youend up becoming bitter towards working out and will do it even less.  It is also dangerous.  Exercise safety tips for beginners is a great way to learn about being safe.  So start slowly.  Start out by taking the stairs at work or in the mall instead of the elevators.  You can walk around your neighborhood, or go up and down the stairs in your house an extra time per day.  Other examples of beginning exercises can be found on Fitness 101: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Exercise.

No time to exercise

Exercising is no joke…it can add many years to your life!

When you want to move on to real workouts, it’s important to choose something you like to do–a sport, running, biking, or more.  Workout videos are also very useful.  They are also very easy to find.  This is a great aerobic workout for beginners that I simply found on youtube. 

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Getting Started

V.L. Allineare said, “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’  Tomorrow is disease.”  It is vital to recognize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and to start it right away.  www.LoveMyBody.org is a great web site to learn ways to startlibing healthy. 

In addition, this blog will become a great tool for learning to become healthy.  It will have exercise tips and tips on how to eat healthy. 

This diagram demonstrates ways to be healthy, including exercise, eating right, and drinking water, but it also shows the benefits of minimizing toxins and reducing stress.  When people realize the importance of living healthy and the benefits it brings, it is much easier to be motivated to start on the path of a healthy lifestyle. 

Live Healty Tips is another great tool to getting started!

December 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

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