There are several lifestyle factors that individuals can incorporate into their daily life in order to minimize the risk for developing chronic diseases .Eating a healthy diet, exercising on a regular basis, and avoiding smoking can lower the risk for developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. The American Heart Association’s Strategic Impact Goal for 2020 and beyond really focuses on an overall healthy lifestyle to improve serum cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and glucose levels. A research study conducted by Loprinzi et al looked at increasing physical activity, ideal body fat percentage,smoking cessation, and eating healthy in the United States and the relationship between these healthy lifestyle factors and many biomarkers. Surprisingly, they found that less than 3% of the US adults had all 4 healthy lifestyle characteristics. This meant that very few people didn’t smoke, exercised regularly, had an ideal body fat percentage, and also had a healthy diet. The higher number of healthier lifestyle factors a person incorporates into their life, the better their biomarkers are that associated with chronic diseases mentioned previously. There were not any differences found between age, sex, and race/ethnicity. Therefore, all ages and populations should try focusing on the 4 healthy lifestyle characteristics.
The 4 lifestyle factors can help prevent, delay, or manage diabetes. Interested in learning how make healthy Lifestyle choices when eating out and grocery shopping especially with diabetes in mind? Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Educators/Program and Field Specialist designed an online course with your needs in mind. “Dining with Diabetes: Beyond The Kitchen” is a dynamic, free online course that provides three modules that you can work on at your own pace. The first module addresses carbohydrates and diabetes. The second covers fats and sodium, and the third explains the role of vitamins, minerals and fiber. In this online educational program you can share ideas and experiences with your classmates, chat with a health professional, and learn about new technology including websites and mobile apps.
Why not sign up today and learn how to make healthy choices for yourself and family members!
For more information or to enroll please contact Dr. Dan Remley at firstname.lastname@example.org