April 4, 2003
Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. To combat this killer
the Hawai`i State Department of Health and the American Public Health
Association (APHA) are partnering with other public health
organizations and agencies. Their goal is to educate
Hawai‘i’s adults and keiki about the health risks
associated with being overweight or obese and to offer communities and
individuals ways to start living healthy.
You’ve got to start somewhere. Right? National Public Health
Week is the perfect time to join thousands of others, just like you, in
making small but important changes that impact their health in big
We all know that we should "be more active" and "eat better." But,
the task seems so daunting. However, you’d be surprised at how
much difference one or two small changes at a time can make. Increase
your physical activity and try decreasing the amount of junk food you
eat. Studies show that you’ll be more likely to stick with small
changes made over time. And, with each step your body will thank you
for starting to live healthy.
The recommended amount of physical activity is at least 30 minutes
throughout each day. This doesn’t need to be 30 minutes at one
time, so take an extra five minutes while walking the long way to work,
playing actively with your kids or grandkids, or taking part in a
recreational sport like swimming or basketball. When coupled with
positive changes in what you eat, physical activity can help you reduce
your risk for many chronic and debilitating diseases.
So, remember you have to start somewhere and choose one thing to
change during NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK.
Tips to start getting active. There are many ways to sneak
activity into your day!
- Pick up the pace. If you already walk, walk faster or take a longer
- Take the stairs. This week, get off the elevator one floor early
and climb the stairs the rest of the way. Next week, make it two
- Get back in the water! Enjoy Hawai‘i’s famous beaches -
surf, paddle, swim, body board, or walk barefoot!
- Take a walk with a friend instead of talking on the phone.
- Enjoy our beautiful scenery, take a hike in the mountains, go
fishing or boating and have fun!
Tips to start eating better. Small changes can have a BIG
impact on your health!
- Start with a good breakfast that is low in fat and cholesterol -
cereals and fruit are a great way to start your day.
- Choose to eat your fruits or vegetables first.
- Make a point of drinking more water, or carry bottled water with
you if you’re on the go.
- Go easy on high fat condiments, sauces and dressings (easy on the
mayo, tartar sauce or thousand island dressing!).
- Control your portions - most meals served offer more than an
average adult needs.
By making the commitment to better health, you can make a difference
in the lives of those around you. Those with chronic diseases such as
diabetes or cancer often need the help of family or friends who must
care for them. By reducing your risk of developing such diseases
through positive lifestyle changes, you take the responsibility for
your own health and set a great example. Be a responsible part of your
community and send a message to our younger generation and start
living healthy! Do it for you, and do it for them.
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For more information, contact:
Title: Account Executive
Phone: (808) 544-3023