Health and Weight Is a Hot Political Topic—Is it really a BIG issue?

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Overall health is now taking center stage in politics. Here are 5 five daily ideas to incorporate in the work day.

 

“Nobody can do it for you, you have to do it yourself”

According to Athlete Network, 68% of the last 19 US presidents participated in college athletics such as running, swimming, tennis, basketball, golf and football.  Gerald Ford played on two national championship football teams at Michigan and was a team MVP in 1934. 

Overall health is now taking center stage in politics.  From Hillary Clinton’s recent episode of pneumonia to Donald Trump’s “overweight” issue it seems that the general public is interested on the health of our nation and of our candidates.

Weight loss, weight management and a healthy lifestyle may be challenging for many—particularly for those with leadership roles.  Many external factors inhibit incorporating a lifestyle regimen that promotes wellness, however continuing to ignore those factors will only cause a disruption in overall health in time. 

The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity for adults, or about 30 minutes each weekday. 

But these guidelines fail to address energy expenditure during the rest of the day. Assuming the average adults spends 16 hours a day awake, 30 minutes of exercise a day constitute a paltry 3 percent spent actively. An exercise routine that adds up to 150 minutes a week translates to 2 percent of active time.

It should come as no surprise that the 97 percent of time most adults spend in a low-activity state affect their physical well-being.

The sitting disease

A new term, “Sitting Disease” has been coined by the scientific community and is commonly used when referring to the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle. 

Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome—a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.  Any extended sitting—such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel—can be harmful.

A recent study from the University of Miami published in June 2016 in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, suggests a possible new health promotion approach to improving the health of millions of white-collar workers who spend most of their workdays sitting in chairs. 

The study

The study was titled, "Opportunities for Increased Physical Activity in the Workplace: the Walking Meeting,” and it indicated that changing just one seated meeting per week at work into a walking meeting increased the work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers by 10 minutes. 

Therefore, the average combined moderate/vigorous physical activity reported increased from 107 minutes in the first week to 114 minutes in the second week and to 117 minutes in the third week of the study. 

Interventions aimed at encouraging walking and raise levels of physical activity in the workplace are needed and can potentially mitigate the negative effects of sedentary behavior.  

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About the author

Cecilia DeMatteo

Cecilia DeMatteo, MS, is currently a freelance writer in the field of health and nutrition with publication in a recurring column, independent articles and book outlines. In the number of years spent in this field, Cecilia’s focus has been primarily on individual lifestyle habits and how they impact human health. Her writing provides readers insight into adapting preventative measures to reduce modifiable risk factors that contribute to the cause of today’s chronic conditions. Through her timely and related articles, her audience acquires a greater knowledge in the latest evidence-based scientific research in overall health. Cecilia DeMatteo, MS, is the former Co-Founder of Enhanced Health Coaching (EHC) in Scarsdale, NY. EHC’s commitment was to provide personalized strategies for both corporate and individuals seeking to optimize cardiovascular health. Cecilia holds a Master’s of Science in Nutrition and a BBA in Finance. 

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