Poor dietary choices and physical inactivity are linked to major causes of illness and death. Research shows that healthy eating, physical activity, and maintaining an adequate body mass index can lead to a 60 percent reduction in cancer, an 80 percent reduction in heart disease, and a 90 percent reduction in diabetes. Engaging in healthy habits can also increase longevity and improve quality of life. However, many of us become so involved in helping others that we forget to take time for ourselves. In an effort to reverse this habit, Nutrition and Weight Management Specialist, Ingrid Adams and FCS agents and Dayna Parrett, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in Nelson County initiated a Wellness Challenge that coincides with Nutrition Month.
The Challenge encourages individuals to commit to making two healthy lifestyle choices: choosing healthy foods each day based on MyPlate; and engaging in the recommended amount of physical activity each day, that is at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on five or more days of the week. Engaging in this amount of physical has been shown to decrease a person’s risk for obesity and chronic diseases. In addition, engaging in physical activity is associated with taking less medication and having fewer hospitalizations and physician visits. At present 195 people have responded to the call and have taken up the Challenge to make healthy lifestyle choices. We encourage you to also join us.