I recently read a brief article composed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the health status of our nation.
Question: Are we getting healthier as a nation?
According to the outline, 6 out of 10 people are overweight and the overall health of our nation is NOT improving. We continue to smoke, drink alcohol heavily, and not exercise. These actions result in a rise of heart disease, diabetes, and chronic illnesses. All of the mentioned are lifestyle CHOICES!
According to this article:
- “About six of ten adults drink, including an increase in those who reported episodic heavy drinking of five or more drinks on one day during the previous year.
- Twenty percent of adults smoke, and less than one-half of smokers attempted to quit in the past year.
- Only one in five adults met federal guidelines for both aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening exercises. On e in three was completely inactive when it came to any leisure-time aerobic activity.” (Americans Still Making Unhealthy Choices: CDC, May 22, 2013)
Anything positive? YES!
- Americans that are happy or happily married, are getting enough sleep. To add, it was also reported 38% of Americans that are separated, divorced, or widowed have trouble getting enough sleep vs. 27% of married adults.
- Another positive finding is that young adults show a decline in smoking, from 23.1% to 21%.
The article concludes that we need to invest more in community-based prevention. We need to promote healthy CHOICES i.e. healthy eating, exercise, and mind body awareness.
On a personal note, articles like this are the driving force behind my program, Optimal Health Community Wellness Center (OH-Wellness) and my partnership with Homenetmen Glendale “Ararat” Chapter. HEALTH EDUCATION is imperative for the future of our nation.
I think an appropriate ending to this blog is the following quote:
“If we can lower obesity trends by a small amount, say 5 percent in each state, we could save millions of Americans from health problems and save billions of dollars in health spending.” (Hamburg, R., May 21, 2013)
Charlotte Schoenborn, M.P.H., U.S. National Center for Health Statistics; Rich Hamburg, Deputy Director, Trust for American's Health; May 21, 2013, U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention report, Health Behaviors of Adults: United States, 2008-2012