Women’s Health Risks Can Be Reduced Living Healthy Lifestyles

Eat your vegetables!  You need to eat right!  Drink more water!  Get your rest!  Get plenty of sleep!  Wash your hands!  Don’t smoke!  Don’t drink!  Don’t drink and drive!  The list goes on and on.  Every one of us has heard at least one of these phrases at some point in our lives.  Our parents or loved ones told us these things in order to reduced risks to our health.  Some of us adhered to them and some of us did not.  By not adhering to sound advice, some have developed at least one of the major health risks, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents, or Type 2 diabetes, which could have been prevented.  Developing a healthy lifestyle, that’s practiced daily, is the most effective way women can reduce risks to their health.

So, just what should you do?

Get Physically Fit

It is important to be active.  Exercise!  Develop a workout plan that’s suitable for you and work that plan daily for about 30 minutes.  The plan should include aerobics or walking to increase cardiovascular activity, weights to increase muscle tone and bone strength.  Not only will you build strength and endurance, but you will also be able to maintain a normal weight – weight management, thus reducing heart disease and lower respiratory problems.

Eat Right

Controlling your weight or Body Mass Index (BMI) [2], since women seem to “store fat more readily than men” [1], reduces chronic diseases (heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, etc.).  Therefore, eating a healthy diet is essential to your health and well-being.  A healthy diet consists of sea food (i.e. fish), vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and poultry or other lean meats.  Avoid unhealthy fats (trans and saturated) and high cholesterol level intake.

Reduce Stress

Stress reduction promotes good mental health.  Learn to manage your stress so that it will not impact your life in a negative way.  You can manage or reduce stress with meditation, hypnosis, yoga, or breathing techniques.  Just relax!

Get Proper Rest

Get enough sleep each night.  Proper rest requires between seven to nine hours each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation [1].  When your body gets the proper rest, you can think clearly and control your food intake.

Avoid Unhealthy Habits

Stop smoking!  Smoking causes chronic lower respiration disease and heart disease.  Drink alcohol in moderation.  Don’t use and abuse drugs!

Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Health

Make a yearly appointment with your health care provider for a physical exam and get all of the proper screenings.  This should include pap smears and mammograms.  See your physician as often as needed.  And if you are going through an emotional crisis, seek help; don’t be ashamed of seeking mental health help.

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References:

[1] LiveStrong.Com (2011).  Healthy Lifestyle for Women.  Retrieved April 30, 2012 from LiveStrong.com Website:  http://www.livestrong.com/article/384802-healthy-lifestyle-for-women/

[2] Mann, Denise (2011).  Healthy Lifestyle Cuts Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death.  Retrieved April 30, 2012 from WebMD Website:  http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20110705/healthy-lifestyle-cuts-risk-of-sudden-cardiac-death

Woman Within


New York, NY (PRWEB) January 19, 2012

Woman Within®, a plus size women’s fashion brand in the portfolio of Redcats USA’s OneStopPlus Group, announced today the launch of WW Active, a product line that empowers plus size women to live healthy and active lifestyles.

WW Active was created to provide plus size women specially designed apparel, accessories, exercise and home equipment for activities such as: cycling, workouts at the gym, spa treatments, swimming, walking, running, yoga and pilates.

“A large segment of the 62 percent of U.S. women considered plus-size are living an active lifestyle, yet they have difficulty finding the right clothing to wear for exercising and participating in physical activities,” said Neil Mulhall, Sr. Vice President/General Brand Manager for Woman Within®. “Our talented in-house design team developed WW Active based on decades of plus size expertise and a strong understanding of designing comfortable products for active women.”

The new product line features top selling items including: tops, bottoms, tees, jackets, intimates, swimwear and outerwear in sizes ranging from M to 6X. The WW Active collection is designed to be worn as “everyday” active wear so women on-the-go can go straight from the gym to running errands without sacrificing fashion. WW Active also offers gym equipment and small appliances for the home (i.e. juicers, smoothie makers), providing a full lifestyle experience.

“Active inspired clothing is a key trend that serves today’s dynamic woman. It allows her to be versatile and stylish throughout her different activities without having to constantly change outfits. This curated collection specifically designed for the plus-size woman offers the ease of movement, and the versatility of function, while looking great!” said Zahir Babvani, Vice President of Design, OneStopPlus Group.

To further promote the importance of good health, WW Active has created an online community for the active plus size woman – wwactivelife.com. This lifestyle blog shares tips on food, body wellness, beauty and a healthy outlook; it also encourages plus size women to interact with each other and share personal insights about how they are living a healthy and active lifestyle.

To place an order, go to WomanWithin.com or call 800-248-2000 anytime 24/7. Customers looking for extra savings can get 20% off on WW Active orders by using coupon code WWActive20 (expires 2/28/12 – 20% off ENTIRE order, excluding clearance). You can also find WW Active on the web’s only plus size shopping mall at OneStopPlus.com.

Other websites in the OneStopPlus portfolio include: OneStopPlus.com, Roamans.com, JessicaLondon.com, fullbeauty.com, KingSizeDirect.com, BrylaneHome.com and BCOutlet.com.

For additional information, please visit: WomanWithin.com, or connect via Woman Within®’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

About Redcats USA
Redcats USA is a dynamic, web-driven home-shopping leader with numerous successful brands and specialized e-commerce sites in its portfolio: OneStopPlus.com®, AVENUE®, Woman Within®, Jessica London®, Roaman’s®, fullbeauty.com, KingSize®, BrylaneHome®, Bargain Catalog Outlet – BCO®, The Sportsman’s Guide® , Bargain Outfitters®, Boating Savings®, Work Wear Savings®, TGW.com – The Golf Warehouse®, Baseball Savings®, Softball Savings® and Soccer Savings®. Redcats USA offers a wide range of value and quality driven merchandise categories, including men’s and women’s plus-size apparel, home and lifestyle products, and sporting goods/outdoor gear. Redcats USA is a Redcats company.

About Redcats
Redcats is a leading worldwide online retailer for fashion and home furnishings. The group gathers 17 European and US based brands in 31 countries: Avenue®, Woman Within®, Jessica London®, Roaman’s®, KingSize®, BrylaneHome®, OneStopPlus.com, The Sportsman’s Guide®, The Golf Warehouse®, Ellos, La Redoute, Vertbaudet, Cyrillus, Somewhere, Daxon, Stella McCartney Kids and Castaluna. In 2010, Redcats generated 3.436 billion euros of sales including 54% on Internet and employs over 14,000 associates. Redcats distribution network combines more than 70 e-commerce sites, nearly 600 stores and around 30 catalogues for 26 million active customers. Redcats is a PPR Company. For any further information: http://www.redcats.com

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New Study: Brain Can Start To Decline As Early As Age 45, Vitalmax Vitamins’ Memorin Delivers Key Nutrients That Are Proven to Promote Mental Health


Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) January 18, 2012

The demand for Vitalmax Vitamins’ Memorin has increased upon the release of new findings that suggest cognitive decline can begin much earlier in life. Up until this discovery, the widely held belief among experts was that the risk of age-related brain deterioration did not become significant until age 60.

 

Research suggests that family history and advancing age are the two most important risk factors in dementia and memory decline. But, in spite of age and genetics, cognitive decline with progression to dementia is avoidable, according to some experts.

 

Researchers studying the relationship between memory and lifestyle at the University of Illinois found that people who used vitamin supplements tended to have less brain shrinkage than those who didn’t. Other lifestyle factors linked to preventing age-related brain dysfunction are exercise, a balanced diet and continuously engaging the mind.

 

About 4-5 million people in the United States alone have some degree of dementia, and due to aging in the population, this number is expected to increase. By 2050, an estimated 30 percent of the population in industrialized countries will be 65 and older.

 

“There is a clear medical need for interventions, such as nutritional solutions, to prevent, delay and improve cognitive decline,” said Dr. Mark Rosenberg, Director of south Florida’s Institute of Healthy Aging. “Memorin is a great option for this.”

 

“Memorin contains multiple ingredients that are considered brain-boosters,” Rosenberg explains. [It’s] “Known for their ability to help alleviate and remedy forgetfulness, decrease mental fatigue and improve concentration and mental clarity.”

 

Heightened consumer demand for nutritional supplements, such as Memorin, comes on the heels of a University College London (UCL) study, which evaluated the memory, vocabulary and comprehension skills of 7,000 men and women aged 45 to 70 over 10 years. Men and women ages 45-49, experienced a 3.9 percent decline in mental reasoning.

 

About Vitalmax Vitamins:

Vitalmax Vitamins is committed to increasing the longevity and quality of life of our customers. We believe in natural, safe alternatives and strive to provide the most advanced nutritional formulas at affordable prices. Vitalmax Vitamins believes that education is fundamental to prevention and wellness. Our online natural health news site, HealthyAnswers.com, offers a wealth of information, written by top physicians and medical experts.

 

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Global Snack Foods Market to Reach US$334.7 Billion by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, California (PRWEB) January 18, 2012

Follow us on LinkedIn. With a mouth-watering array of food items, the snack food industry has managed to wrest a tight hold on the taste buds of consumers across the globe. The industry has developed impressively not only in the developed US and European markets, but also in the developing regions of Asia-Pacific and Latin America. With globalization of brands and products, consumers in the developing countries have caught up with their Western counterparts. Changes in lifestyle coupled with a lithesome career approach have fueled the consumption of snack foods. With women becoming more and more career oriented, lack of time has taken its toll on traditional food eating habits, bringing to fore the advantages of snack foods.

 

Grazing, and foraging on snacks is a characteristic feature of life in the 21st century. Rise in disposable incomes, blistering pace of modern lifestyles, and long working hours have together reduced elaborate luncheons/meals to desk snacks. Given, consumer’s dependence on snacks as alternatives to meals, the nutritional value of snacks is being revolutionized, and the change is manifested in the form of energy and nutrition bars, proteins packed cereal crisps, low fat, and trans-fat free products. As a result, snack foods are fast shedding their image of being junk, and nonessential in nature, thanks to the aggressive promotional efforts of food companies. Demand velocity for healthier snacks is high. Nutritional snacks with their attractive health profiles are today vying for the share of meal substitutes, and health foods.

 

A highly capricious marketplace, snack foods are typically subject to the vagaries, and vacillations of the ever-changing fickle consumers. Traditionally, the snack food market has swayed to the shifting palates of the consumers leading to mammoth levels of product innovation in terms of packaging, and flavor enhancements. The global consumer base for snack foods is typically categorized into health-driven snackers, balanced snackers, and carefree snackers. Each of these demographic clusters has unique tastes and preferences requiring manufacturers to carefully tailor new product developments and target launches. Additionally, introduction of products that incorporate regional tastes is another strategy followed by some of the leading players such as PepsiCo, to tap both the developed and emerging markets.

 

Another noteworthy trend engulfing the snack foods industry is the rising popularity of Microwaveable Snacks. Growing preference for convenience meals, coupled with the rise in disposable incomes, has paved the way for a new era of microwave cooking. Universal acceptance of microwave ovens, in turn, has invigorated the market for microwaveable snacks. With microwave cooking heralding the trend of kids preparing their own choice of after-school snacks, manufacturers are increasingly targeting new microwavable food products that can be safely prepared by children, such as, frozen microwavable potato chips, frozen microwavable pizza, Micro Garlic Bread, Micro Chicken Wings and Micro Wedges-in-Sauce, among others.

 

Post recession, the global market for snack foods is forecast to grow at a healthy rate through 2015. Easy, on-the-go convenient packages such as bite-sized/ single-serve packs, stand-up pouches, finger-hugging canisters and resealable bags, are projected to emerge as important product variables for commercial success. Carefree snackers are expected to drive demand for varied flavor and taste profiles, while health-oriented snackers are likely to ignite a greater demand for low-calorie, healthy, organic, mineral fortified and fiber-rich snacks. In addition, the trend towards healthy foods is expected to spruce up opportunities in the market for snack nuts. Also, the growing popularity of protein-rich diet is projected to drive the demand for meat-based snacks. Stringent regulations over trans-fat content labeling in packaged foods are further projected to popularize snack foods that are free of trans-fatty acids.

 

The research report titled “Snack Foods: A Global Outlook” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. The report offers a rudimentary overview of the industry, highlights latest trends and demand drivers, in addition to providing statistical insights. Regional markets briefly abstracted and covered include United States, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, and Poland), Asia Pacific (China, India, Indonesia, South Korea and Taiwan) and Latin America (Mexico). The report offers a compilation of recent mergers, acquisitions, and strategic corporate developments. Also included is an indexed, easy-to-refer, fact-finder directory listing the addresses, and contact details of companies worldwide.

 

For more details about this comprehensive industry report, please visit:

http://www.strategyr.com/Snack_Foods_Industry_Market_Report.asp

 

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Secluded Vermont Women’s Weight Loss Retreat Voted Best Small Spa Internationally

Ludlow, Vermont (PRWEB) September 20, 2005

The ‘Real Beauty’ Dove campaign has recently brought attention to a perspective that a women’s healthy weight loss retreat in Vermont has quietly been espousing for over 33 years. Real women don’t look like those on the pages of fashion magazines, and only by accepting yourself can you let your real beauty shine through.

That philosophy, along with a supportive, hands-on program that helps women successfully adopt healthy lifestyles and achieve healthy weights, is why readers voted Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women’s retreat for healthy living without dieting, Best Small Spa.

Spa Finder, the world’s leading spa travel and marketing company, recently announced their Reader’s Choice Crystal Awards in Singapore. According to Spa Finder Chairman and CEO, Pete Ellis, the winning spas reflect the tastes of discerning spa-goers who travel the world in search of the finest spa experiences for relaxation and wellness. “To be selected as one of the world’s best spas by these discerning spa-goers is an objective validation of a truly world-class spa experience.”

Executive Director of Green Mountain at Fox Run, Alan Wayler PhD, suggested why the award came his way, “We have always believed we provide something unique here. When women are finally serious about achieving healthy weights, feeling good and making long term changes, they find their way here,” says Dr. Wayler.

Each year Green Mountain at Fox Run attracts more than a thousand women of all ages, shapes and sizes who come to learn their groundbreaking, time tested, non-diet approach to weight loss and to start feeling good again. Past participant, Amy Robert says, “For me, the Green Mountain difference was about how they helped me see myself. Within a few days, my whole perspective changed. I lost weight eating real food and exercised in a way that I actually enjoyed. It wasn’t torture, because it was right for me. I wish all women could have the experience.”

Spa Finder adds, “This women-only spa specializes in weight loss without the use of fad diets. They came out on top for that and for their emotionally supportive staff and comprehensive take home program. This positive atmosphere, wrote several voters, helped them maintain their new healthy lifestyle habits at home.”

About Green Mountain at Fox Run

Green Mountain at Fox Run healthy lifestyle center, in Ludlow, VT, has helped thousands of women to get fit, healthy, and happy—and permanently achieve healthy weights without dieting by developing real, lasting solutions. The year 2005 marks its 33rd year helping women feel good again. For more information, call (800) 448-8106 (North America) (802) 228 88885 (International) or visit http://www.fitwoman.com

To learn more about Green Mountain, and it all-women’s specialty programs on weight loss, Type 2 Diabetes management and Young Women’s program, visit our website at http://www.fitwoman.com, our blog at http://www.aweightlifted.blogs.com, or call 1-800-448-8106. For interviews, please contact Cindy Bishop at (802) 228-8885 or info@fitwoman.com.

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Portion Control of Growing Interest to U.S. Consumers, Reports NPD

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 26, 2011

Portion control is a tenet of healthy eating, and it appears that consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of managing the portion size of the foods they eat, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company.

For a recent report entitled Healthy Eating Strategies by Generation, NPD compiled a list of 30 healthy eating and lifestyle dimensions to determine which ones consumers of different generations associate with healthy eating. Out of the 30 attributes, eating smaller portions ranked 11th in importance among adult consumers across generations as a healthy eating characteristic. Adult consumers ranked the top five characteristics of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles consistently: exercise regularly, eat well balanced meals, eat all things in moderation, limit/avoid foods with saturated fat or cholesterol or trans fats, drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.

Eating smaller portions ranked seventh in importance amongst Generation X consumers, ages 35 to 45, as a healthy eating characteristic, which is the highest rank for the behavior among all generational groups. For Gen Y, ages 21 to 34, eating smaller portions ranked in the eighth position, and for younger boomers, ages 46-54, it ranked in the twelfth position as a healthy eating characteristic. The older age groups ? older boomers, silent generation, and G.I. generation, ages 55 and older, with lesser appetites overall, had the lowest overall ranks for eating smaller portions. More women, especially overweight and obese women, tend to place a higher importance on eating smaller portions than do men.

According to the NPD food and beverage market research report 43 percent of the over 5000 adults surveyed indicated that they ate smaller portions always or most of the time in the past year. An even greater percentage of adult consumers (57%) aspire to eat smaller portions in the coming year, suggesting that this healthy eating strategy will become more important in the future.

Smaller portions and portion control are also important to consumers who want to eat more healthfully when they eat at restaurants and other foodservice outlets. A recent NPD foodservice market research report entitled How Consumers Define Healthy Eating When They Dine Out, finds that portion control and smaller portions rank third in importance for consumers looking for healthier option at restaurants. Fast food consumers rank smaller portions and portion control second.

?Based on the interest in smaller portions among the younger age groups and the size of these age groups, portion control is an area of opportunity for food manufacturers,? said Dori Hickey, director, product management at NPD and author of the report. ?As they move through their life, these generations may continue the healthy eating behaviors they adopted in their younger years, making portion-control a long-term opportunity.?

Healthy Girl Introduces Nutritious Alternatives to Unhealthy Recipes


(PRWEB) January 21, 2010

CookingWithHealthyGirl.com is a new Web site that aims to help women and their families embark on the path to healthy eating and living. Healthy Girl provides healthy alternatives to recipes traditionally prepared with ingredients high in calories. Her recipes are the culmination of extensive research conducted on food, nutrition and the human body.

Mandy (Healthy Girl), the site?s founder, began experimenting with her favorite recipes in an effort to shed a few pounds. After trying a few diets with little success, Mandy realized that what she needed most was not a diet change, but a lifestyle transformation. By making just minor changes to dishes she already enjoyed, Mandy could still prepare her favorite meals and not feel guilty. She is excited to share her tips and advice on her Web site and to allow other families to enjoy the same meals.

The site highlights important aspects of a healthy diet, including a grocery list, weekly sweets, healthy morning meals and grocery staples that all kitchens should include.

Healthy girl focuses on six major points when creating healthy recipes: (1) Ensuring the recipe is full of healthy ingredients, (2) Making sure the recipe is tasty, (3) Making sure the portion size is big enough to be filling, (4) Ensuring the recipe should is easy to make, especially when preparing for children, (5) Having a recipe containing everyday ingredients that can be easily found in any supermarket and (6) Having dinner entr

Blue Thong Society Strategic Partner, HealthyWomen, Just Named to ForbesWoman?s Top 100 Websites for Women.


San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 25, 2011

The BTS is proud to announce the ?HealthyWomen website ? HealthyWomen.org ? was named to the prestigious list of ForbesWoman?s Top 100 Websites for Women list for the second consecutive year. The selection was based on criteria for informative and compelling content and user interface, engaged communities and, of course, a female focus that’s kept fresh by dedicated editors, writers and designers. ForbesWoman cites, additionally, that intelligence is a plus and that fun adds bonus points to the selection.?

ForbesWoman describes HealthyWomen.org as, “A go-to information source for women on all things health, with hard medical data and breezy lifestyle articles.”

?We are thrilled to be affiliated with HealthyWomen (HW) as they have been a leading independent health information resource for women for more than 20 years?, says Mary Jo Wallo, Blue Thong Society founder, ?HW is a valued strategic partner of the Blue Thong Society.?

Ms. Wallo continues, ?We strongly support women health objectives and community service through our charitable GoodWorks? program. Every BTS Chapter chooses a charity to support. As an example, the Ventura Blue Thong Sisters in Ventura, CA. are supporting the Marines of the 3/5 Division and the National Search Dog Foundation. Our Blue Belles chapter in Mandeville, LA, is donating items for sale in support of St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, and the Carson Valley Divas of Carson City, NV, are aiding the Advocates to End Domestic Violence in Carson City. ?

The GoodWorks? goals are serious and BTS Chapters deliver what they commit to, but they are also committed to enjoying themselves and building friendships. ?We work hard, but we have a lot of fun too!? said Ms. Wallo. ?Our organization is about building a community of women through a ?sisterhood? of strong relationships. And our sponsors and strategic partners work in concert with us to bring health resources, community support and education to those in need.”

Ms. Wallo adds, ?Our national conference for 2012 is a cruise to Cozumel out of New Orleans. So bring a friend and join us for ?Thongs on the Bayou? 2012 Annual Conference*. You?ll have great time, make new friends, and help us make a difference in the world.?

About Blue Thong Society (BTS)

Since its inception in 2006, the BTS (http://www.bluethongsociety.com & http://www.facebook.com/itscooltobeblue ) has grown its unique international women?s philanthropic organization to 300 chapters and 5,000+ women. These modern, fun, confident, professional and philanthropic women – connect socially, but with purpose and intent to make the world a better place. Chapters commit to a GoodWorks? program twice a year and pledge that commitment to the BTS board and membership. Membership is by invitation only.

*NOTE: Reserve your space for The BTS 2012 Annual Conference ? fully refundable, no obligation ? visit our website!

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According to the American Heart Association Statistical Fact Sheet 2009, among Americans age 20 and older, 145.0 million are overweight or have a BMI [Body Mass Index] of 25.0 or higher). The recommended Body Mass Index is in the range of 19 to 25, which means most Americans are overweight. This calls for a pragmatic action to deal with the growing problem in our society. BMI is the widely used index in determining different levels of weight from underweight, normal weight, overweight and obesity. Being overweight increases the susceptibility to diabetes and heart attack (American Heart Association, 2009).

According to the BMI calculator I used in the internet, my BMI is 29.9. That means that I am overweight, and if I don’t start to change on how I eat and exercise, I will eventual become obese. American Heart Association (2009) says that obesity can degenerate into a heart attack. The reasons are that obesity: raises triglyceride and blood cholesterol; lowers the HDL cholesterol; raises levels of blood pressure; and induces diabetes.

This speech is going to make you think about how to change your eating habits, and how to motivate yourself on being physically active; because the number one cause of overweight and obesity is poor dietary habits and habitual low exercise.

A critical and in-depth study is done on the health consequences and cost of being overweight and obsess; how to eat healthier; and how to begin an exercise program. The three health consequences I am going to talk about are: Heart disease and stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

1. Heart Disease and Stroke

Atherosclerosis which is linked to the cardiovascular disease is precipitated by increased cholesterol, fatty substances, calcium and other waste products in the cells.  These substances are deposited on the walls of the arteries and widen the endothelium tissue lining. When the diameter of the artery shrinks, blood flow in the arteries decreases and impairs oxygen supplies. The plaques (clots) formed may rapture and cause a thrombus. This is lethal since it leads to a heart attack. If a blood vessel is blocked, then a stroke will occur (American Heart Association, 2009b). The cost of heart disease and stroke is staggering. In the United States alone, the cost associated with stroke and heart disease comprising of expenditures in health care and lost productivity and manpower resulting from disability and death is estimated to surpass $ 475 billion by the end of 2009. This cost is expected to be even greater on the population of United States. Currently about 1 in 3 Americans have at least one cardiovascular disease.  Startling still the number of heart attacks and strokes in a single year are estimated at 935,000 and 795,000 respectively (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009).

2. Type 2 Diabetes

Overweight people are twice more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a major of early death, heart disease, stroke, and blindness. The condition is linked to exercise and weight especially obesity and poor dietary habits.  Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body us unable to produce insulin that is enough and/or the cells in the body ignore insulin. Insulin is responsible for the conversion of sugar into glucose that is then absorbed into the blood. Insulin is also transfers sugar from the blood into the body cells.  It therefore follows that if glucose does not reach the cells, then they will be starved and the accumulated glucose levels in the blood will affect the kidneys, eyes and heart. The estimated cost from Type 2 Diabetes in the United States is $ 98 billion (American Heart Association, 2009c)

3. Cancer

Cancer is a number two killer disease in the United States. Several types of cancer are associated with being overweight. They include Breast a, colon, uterus, cervix, ovary, gallbladder, prostrate. Cancer will result in devastating effects such as depression, loss of appetite, loss of interest in sex, pain, sorrow and sadness, panic attacks, sleep problems, fatigue, and emotional distress. According to the American Cancer Society (2009) a whopping third of 562,340 cancer deaths will be for reason of obesity or heavyweight, poor nutrition of physical inactivity. The National Institute of Health reported that the cost of cancer exceeded $ 228.1 billion in 2008 related to medical costs, morbidity costs, and indirect mortality costs. The cost of cancer in 2008 approximated at 0 billion.

Overweight and Obesity

Overweight and obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories from food than he or she burns; so the second point I am going to talk about is how to eat healthier and how to consume less calories. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that American men and women are consuming 2, 618 and 1,877 calories per day which is becoming the lead contributors to obesity. More and more carbohydrates in the form of sugars, grains, sweeteners trans and animal fats are being consumed more than before. The sedentary behavior is growing among the population who are spending more time on computers and television screens than exercising. We will use my Step 7-Action plan handout to see how this will get accomplished.

Starting an exercise program

Before you begin your exercise, you need to consult your doctor or physician. An appropriate exercised plan will; be developed depending on one’s disease history, and if there are nay associated medical disorders that may affect the exercise program. Diagnostic tests for complications such as chest pain, arthritis, leg pains, palpitations, heartbeat, swelling or pain in the joints among others need to be done. Those with diabetes or cystic fibrosis if they exercise they are in danger of dehydration. Similarly, those with seizures should not engage in swimming and not to mention those with enlarged spleen.

Aerobic exercises demand a little more than normal oxygen amounts which typically implies that the lungs and the heart is overworked in this case. Aerobic exercise will be carried out by biking, skating, running, stair climbing, treadmill and machines for elliptical training. Aerobic exercises reduce the amount of calories, and improve functioning of the cardiac muscles. The recommended schedule is to exercise for at least 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times in a week, with a warm up of and a cool up periods of 5 minutes. Running works best for longer muscles (Johnston, 2007)

 

 

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