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Obesity Prevention

Obesity, considered a chronic disease, is a significant risk factor for other chronic diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, asthma, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. Overweight and obesity may also contribute to psychological distress, depression, discrimination, and prejudice. Find the most recent report released by NYS Department of Health for, Obesity and Related Indicators - Columbia County 2013-2015, based on data from an annual statewide telephone survey of adults developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by the NYSDOH. Additionally, the Health Equity Report for Physical Activity and Obesity published by the Healthy Capital District Initiative.

Obesity and overweight are currently the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States and may soon overtake tobacco as the leading cause of death.  Without strong action to make health improvements, for the first time in our history children may face a shorter lifespan than their parents.

Preventing and reversing obesity requires changes in behavior as well as access to affordable, nutritious foods and opportunities for physical activity in the places where people live, learn, eat, shop, work and play.

Obesity is Preventable

Obesity: The Little Things

Physical activity, along with a balanced, nutritious diet, can help decrease and prevent obesity. Physical activity is an essential component in a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity not only helps maintain a healthy body weight, but it also helps to strengthen bones and muscles, improves one’s ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, and increases a person’s chances of living longer. Physical activity also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, some cancers, and other chronic diseases.  Physical activity is important to the health of people of all ages.
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Proper nutrition, including eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and cutting down on sugary and fatty foods, is critical to good health and important in preventing obesity.

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Healthy Eating: Ten Nutrition Tips for Eating Right
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 1. Choose good carbs, not no carbs. Whole grains are your best bet.
2. Pay attention to how you get your protein. Fish, poultry, nuts, and beans are the best choices.
3. Choose foods with healthy fats, limit foods high in saturated fat, and avoid foods with trans fat. Plant oils, nuts, and fish are the healthiest sources.
4. Choose a fiber-filled diet, rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
 5. Eat more vegetables and fruits. Go for color and variety—dark green, yellow, orange, and red.
 6. Calcium is important. But milk isn’t the only, or even best, source. Calcium-rich non-dairy foods include leafy green vegetables and broccoli, both of which are also great sources of vitamin K, another key nutrient for bone health. Beans and tofu can also supply calcium.
 7. Water is best to quench your thirst. Skip the sugary drinks, and go easy on the milk and juice.
8. Eating less salt is good for everyone’s health. Choose more fresh foods and fewer processed foods.
9. Moderate drinking can be healthy—but not for everyone. You must weigh the benefits and risks.
10. A daily multivitamin is a great nutrition insurance policy. Some extra vitamin D may add an extra health boost
For more information, please visit the Harvard School of Public Health website

"Re-Think Your Drink"

What you drink makes a bigger difference to your health than you think.  Drinks like soda, sports drinks, sweetened teas, and energy drinks are filled with sugar and are empty calories. Drinking them can be harmful to your health and may lead to obesity, heart disease, and type II diabetes. Consider drinking water and other healthier options (like seltzer and fat-free milk) instead. 

Do you know how much sugar you're drinking?

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The Health Effects of Sugary Drinks: Are you pouring on the pounds?

Pouring on the Pounds

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