UNH Speakers Bureau
Too busy to be healthy? Join the club
When was the last time you had someone tell you they had free time? Most likely it would be difficult to recall. As a nation, we are constantly telling each other how busy we are on a daily basis. We cannot imagine our forbearers two hundred years ago were less busy, but they had one advantage to our present generation. Their lifestyles were more active by nature and necessity. The adult obesity levels are climbing, our activity levels are declining, and diets are imbalanced at best. While this has become a global phenomenon, America has led the way. To address this problem there have been national initiatives, Healthy People 2010, among others. But to be successful in empowering a nation to lead healthy and active lives it has to start with the individual. Everyone can add more activity and make healthy dietary choices. In order for this lofty goal to be achieved it has to begin with a positive can do attitude and peer support. The goal of healthier lifestyles starts with small changes that can be maintained over a lifetime. We are all in this together and there is not one individual who should not be active or eat well. This goal can be achieved.