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Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation 2010

March 1, 2010

“Americans will be more likely to change their behavior if they have a meaningful reward–something more than just reaching a certain weight or dress size. The real reward is invigorating, energizing, joyous health. It is a level of health that allows people to embrace each day and live their lives to the fullest without disease or disability.”

– VADM Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., Surgeon General

In late January of 2010 the Surgeon General, Regina M. Benjamin, published its Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation. It is an inspiring publication that not only states and reports on the problems with obesity but also proposes realizable changes that will help everyone “live their lives to the fullest.” (Benjamin 1)

10 important points, with a focus on athletics, for those that don’t want to read the whole document (which we recommend you do) and instead want to get out and do some athletics 🙂

  • “Key Modifiable risk factors are physical activity, sedentary behavior and diet” (Page 4)
  • “Obesity in early life has been found to increase the risk for various diseases in adulthood, including diabetes and heart disease, in part because obese children are likely to become obese adults.” (Page 4)
  • “Increased physical activity and decreased sedentary behavior are associated with lower risks of behavior.” (Page 4)
  • “Healthy choices include: … ‘Becoming more physically active throughout the day.’” (Page 5)
  • “Children and teenagers look to their mothers and fathers and other caregivers to model healthy lifestyle habits, and adults need to teach by example.” (Page 5)
  • “Physical activity can help control weight, reduce risk for many diseases, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health, and increase your chances of living longer.” (Page 6)
  • “Adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week… For children and teenager the recommendation is 1 hour of daily physical activity that includes vigorous activities and activities that strengthen the bones.” (Page 6)
  • “A substantial percentage of students’ recommended physical activity can be provided through a comprehensive school based physical activity program.” (8)
  • “To promote physical activity, school systems should: Require daily physical education for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, allowing 150 minutes per week for elementary schools and 225 minutes per week for secondary schools.” (9)
  • Stay healthy and have fun! (We added this one :))

These are just a few points made by this publication. We encourage you to read the whole document so that a positive change may come into your life and into your family’s life. Like always, we encourage you to get up and so some athletics, for the love of play, for fun and more importantly for your health!

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