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Obesity Update

        The prevalence of obesity in the United States has continued to increase over the past half century. The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) in late February 2020 released the latest adult obesity statistics and brief from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) stating that the adjusted prevalence of obesity in adults is now 42.4%. The first time ever Americanís exceeded 40 percent of the adult population was obese and an increase from the last report stating the prevalence of obesity of 39.8%; just two-years prior. Severe obesity is highest among adults ages 40-59, increasing from 4.7%-9.2%. Trends in the prevalence of severe obesity show that women have higher severe obesity... (more)

What to do with Shelter in Place Orders

        During times of uncertainty with the coronavirus pandemic, good dietary practices, physical activity and maintaining emotional well-being remains increasingly important. Lifestyle changes for many individuals have been implemented, which can cause great stress. Sharma hypothesized that there are beneficial effects of physical activity, social interaction, and self-efficacy on mental health. Studies show that aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, gardening, dancing and yoga significantly help reduce anxiety and depression. Aerobic exercise provides benefits to mental health because of the exercise-induced increase in blood circulation to the brain, specifically in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, where stress responses are mediated.         A 2020 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine examined the association of healthy lifestyle and its correlation with years living... (more)