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There is something weighing heavily on my mind. Have you noticed that more than ever before Diabetes and Heart Disease are rampant in the US? We should all be alerted to the fact that one major problem with many of our young people is their being overweight. I realize some people are overweight for different reasons, and that some people get diabetes who are not and have never been overweight. I know it’s not fair, but then neither is life. And so, we go on and deal with what life hands us as best we can. If you have Diabetes, diet and regular exercise is still key for those of us who are normal weight, too. And for those of us fortunate enough not to have this dreaded disease–the same advise should be put into play.

Health

Health (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)

More than ever, we must deal with the problem of obesity in children before it’s too late. This has to be done now before they end up with needless future health problems. Small children who are overweight will likely be overweight teens, then overweight adults. The US is getting fatter than ever before, with obesity in young people soaring to new heights. With all the newest technology keeping them entertained, the majority of children don’t play outside very much, and they eat much more fast food and convenience foods than we did in previous years. Fast food restaurants are screaming at you to stop in or drive-thru for even more convenience.  

Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of us probably don’t get the exercise we desperately need to keep our bodies healthy. Soft drinks or high-calorie beverages are all around us. Not to mention the cakes, pastries, pies, donuts, candy, ice cream, chips and more that make their way into our shopping carts on a regular basis. And we don’t drink enough water. We all need to respect our bodies and put the proper vitamins and nutrients in for them to function the way they were meant to function. We all need exercise daily to keep our major organs in peak performance.

There are free diet/weight control websites that track your progress, allow you to join groups to gain encouragement and encourage others toward their goals. We can’t let food and calorie-laden beverages control our lives. We can have these things once in a while so they have their place in our life as a treat. Treats are always nice to have and look forward to. Let’s all engage in some type of physical activity every day. We should shoot for 30 minutes a day. Now this may take a while to achieve this goal, but think…this is our life. And don’t we want to stick around at least a few more years? Yeah! Well then, shouldn’t we all start doing what we can to add years to our lives instead of subtracting them due to being unhealthy?
I urge everyone to visit this website:
http://www.realage.com
Take their short test to see how you stack up.

10 Glasses of Water a Day

Here’s another thought. Our bodies are mostly made up of water. So every time we visit the bathroom we lose some of our water. We pee it out, in other words. It makes perfect sense to me that we should put more water back in. You know, replace it. Our bodies thrive on the stuff. We can have other beverages too, but we should have more water than anything else.

FYI..Water can aid in inflammation and other aches and pains throughout our bodies.
Here are some links to check out:

http://www.articlesbase.com/diseases-and-conditions-articles/diabetes-rampant-in-us-prevent-it-with-good-choices-3939882.html
http://www.thirdage.com/news/heart-disease-still-rampant-in-u-s_12-16-2011
http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm
http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/body/overweight_obesity.html
http://www.chicagonow.com/good-bad-parents/2012/05/why-dont-kids-play-outside/
http://www.age-well.org/drinking-enough-water.html
http://nutrition.about.com/od/hydrationwater/a/waterarticle.htm

resolution

resolution (Photo credit: Ruzaqir Rachman (Back To Action))

Let’s not wait for New Year’s Day to make this resolution. Let’s start today. Even small changes make a big difference. C’mon, give it a try. We’ll feel better. And we have the power within us today to change tomorrow. Let’s hold each other accountable. Questions? Comments? I would love to share any more info I have with you. We need to help ourselves and each other.

Here’s to a healthier lifestyle.

Illustration of two glasses toastingCheers! 

 

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