Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Axis of Wellness

HBO debuted "Weight of the Nation" last night and the conversation continues today about the impact of obesity on people and our country. If you didn't get a chance to watch last night you can watch online now. Parts 3 & 4 will be on HBO this evening. It is worth watching.

Our challenge, as individuals and communities, is to find a way to lose weight and get healthy. It matters not if you are overweight, obese or of a normal weight today - this epidemic impacts all of us. Only 1/3 (or less) of people in this country are able to maintain a healthy weight. This is a community problem and it is very complex.

What is certain? Our healthcare system and economy cannot survive the pressures levied by the obesity epidemic.

Now here is the good news: there is no magic bullet - which means you can do something about it right now.  And, here is the bad news: there is no magic bullet - which means the only way to solve this problem is for you (and me and our friends, family, colleagues, neighbors) to do something about it and start right now.

What to do? Here are three things you can do today:

  1. Drink plenty of water (and give up any drink containing sugar)
  2. Move your body every day and several times a day (even 5 minutes a few times per day is better than nothing)
  3. Cook at home more (using real food) and eat less processed food (which is most things that come in boxes)
Your goal is to get into the upper right quadrant of the Axis of Wellness. You can get there by making good choices each and every day. 

You can do it. I believe in you. 

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