If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day... EB White
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Obesity rates climbing at alarming rates
Going for a walk
Americans are getting fat, it is undeniable. An article "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012, notes how if things don't change, over half of all Americans will be obese by the year 2030. This would result in a rise of obesity-related disease rates and corresponding spike in health care costs.
In order to curb our nation's growing weight problem the following recommendations were made:
Fully implement the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, by implementing the new school meal standards and updating nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages in schools;
Protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund;
Increase investments in effective, evidence-based obesity-prevention programs;
Fully implement the National Prevention Strategy and Action Plan;
Make physical education and physical activity a priority in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act;
Finalize the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children Guidelines;
Fully support healthy nutrition in federal food programs; and
Encourage full use of preventive health care services and provide support beyond the doctor’s office.