The statistics of the Department of Health have not shown favorable figures in terms of people’s being overweight and the effects that obesity will bring in the coming years. Since it has already been estimated that the cost of health care for chronic diseases resulting from obesity will be $34 billion over the next 17 years, that would cause chaos in the state health system.
Faced with this grim reality, health authorities have joined forces with other organizations to improve the situation. Their aim is to prevent future generations from repeating the same pattern. The data reveal that one in three children is considered overweight or obese.
Therefore, according to experts, this is the time to inculcate new health habits to fight the epidemic, as it has come to be globally known.
There are a variety of factors that play a role in unhealthy weight and make it a complex problem to address. Behavioral, environmental and genetic factors influence weight.
However, for medical practitioners, behavior and environmental factors are the most promising areas for prevention and treatment.
Eating healthily and being physically active are keys to maintaining a healthy weight.
Maintaining a healthy weight is the result of the relationship between calories consumed and calories burned. Taking more calories than you burn with physical activity will lead to a weight increase. However, if you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight.
Meanwhile, Miami-Dade County, the home of nearly 2.5 million residents, is battling a rate of 67.4% overweight and obese adults. In addition, 13% of high school students are obese and only 12% attend daily physical education classes at school, which is lower than the state rate of 44%.
Data from the Miami-Dade Health Department shows that only 22.1% of the county’s adults meet the federal government’s guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption.
Faced with the overweight and obesity factors, an initiative known as Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), was designed to facilitate healthy living by promoting environmental changes at the local level. Through funds provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 50 communities are working to prevent obesity.
The State of Florida employs five strategies to address environmental change and behavior.
1. Increase physical activity opportunities. The more physical activity you do, the greater health benefits and better weight management. That will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and will strengthen bones and muscles, to just name a few.
2. Have healthy food available everywhere. Studies have found that today communities with the highest rates of obesity are places where residents have few opportunities to buy nutritious and affordable foods.
3. Promote health in the workplace. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle at work can be difficult, so implementing health programs within the workplace has become a vital piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle.
4. Empower schools as the heart of health. Schools are a national focal point for promoting healthy weight because children consume between one-third and one-half of their daily calories in the school environment.
5. Information for a healthy life. When messages around us focus on health, it becomes easier to think about making healthy choices. Healthiest Weight Florida seeks to make health information and advice useful through campaigns, social media, and other sources.
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