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A healthier Tama County begins with active living and healthy eating

April 10, 2012
From: Tama co. Public Health & Home Care and the Tama County Wellness Coalition , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Sometimes the smallest change can make the biggest difference. If we take small actions, our communities, homes and families will see the large benefits of preventative care and join the movement. Eating healthy and engaging in regular physical activity are just a few of the ways people can stay healthy. Despite easy ways to stay healthy, each year nearly 1 million Americans die from diseases that could have been prevented.

Some sobering facts:

More than 2/3 of the adult population is overweight or obese.

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Approximately 1 in 5 children are overweight or obese by the time they reach their 6th birthday.

Fewer than 15% of adults eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables every day.

Physical inactivity is a primary contributor to 1/3 of the adult population being overweight or obese, and 1 in 6 children and adolescents being obese.

Eating less, eating healthier and exercising regularly can go a long way towards helping Americans and Tama County residents lessen their risk from deaths that could have been prevented, such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Even the smallest preventive changes and initiatives can make a big difference in living healthier lives.

Here are a few examples of small changes that could be made to help yourself, your family, and your community:

Eat more fruits and vegetables make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.

Eat healthier snacks that contain less sugar and fat

Eat less by avoiding oversized portions.

Engage in physical activity everyday. Aim for 60 minutes for kids, and 30 minutes for adults.

Decrease "TV time". The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 years of age do not watch any TV, and those that are older than 2 watch no more than 2 hours a day.

Tama County Public Health has partnered with a group of concerned Tama County residents to start a Wellness Coalition. If you would like more information or are interested in joining the coalition, contact Linda or Joyce at (641) 484-4788.



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