Healthy living means balancing calories, exercise

| July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Shari Lopatin
TriWest Healthcare Alliance

PHOENIX — “For the first time in our history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents.”

That quote, taken directly from the Partnership for a Healthier America’s website, explains the essence of the growing obesity problem across the U.S.

The partnership, headed by first lady Michelle Obama, reports that obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years.

Since obese and overweight children are more likely to suffer academic, social and financial burdens throughout life, TriWest Healthcare Alliance has joined forces with Together Counts, a nationwide program that inspires active and healthy living.

Together Counts offers the following tips for active and healthy living:

•Eat at least one healthy meal each week.

•Do at least one family activity each week.

One activity can be as simple as cooking dinner together, then going for a walk. Or, let kids choose an activity, like a picnic and a game of Frisbee at the park or a barbecue followed by a few hours in the pool.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects 17 percent of all U.S. kids and teenagers.

The CDC listed these as the most common causes of obesity:

•Energy imbalance. This means eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activity to burn them off.

•Genetics. Genetics affect metabolism, or how fast one digests food.

•Behavior and environment. Your family’s behaviors and environment play the largest roles in causing obesity, but these are also the best areas for prevention and treatment.

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For more healthy living tips, visit www.togethercounts.com, www.triwest.com/healthyliving or www.ahealthieramerica.org.

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