In the New Year, everyone seems to have made a resolution or two and often times these resolutions are geared toward improving health. Quitting smoking, exercising more, eating less or eating healthier foods are frequently at the top of the list.
Consequently, the Chippewa County Health Department and Sault Tribe Partnerships to Improve Community Health Project, partners of the Sault Ste. Marie and Kinross Building a Healthier Community Coalitions are highlighting Healthy Weight Week, January 19 – 25. Organized by the Healthy Weight Network, this is the 22nd annual Healthy Weight Week event, which was created to encourage people to improve health habits in lasting ways and normalize their lives by eating well without dieting, living actively, and feeling good about themselves and others.
“More people today know the value of size acceptance. They’ve experienced the harmful effects of dieting, idealizing thin models and harassing large children and adults. They’re ready to move on,” said Francie M. Berg, a licensed nutritionist and adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, who has chaired Healthy Weight Week since 1992.
Heather Hemming, Sault Tribe Community Health Educator states, “One way to help maintain a healthy weight is to be physically active on a daily basis. Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most, if not all days of the week helps to maintain weight - in addition to eating healthy. Examples of moderate-intensity activity are brisk walking, bike riding, and snowshoeing.
“Physical activity is important for physical health, emotional well-being, and achieving a healthy weight. Most foods and beverages that you eat and drink contain calories – and everything you do uses or burns calories. Balancing the calories you eat with the calories you burn through physical activity generally helps to maintain weight.
Information to help determine how much physical activity and how many calories you need to maintain a healthy weight can be found by visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture website, www.choosemyplate.gov.
It is also important to discuss your concerns and plans for physical activity and healthy eating with your family doctor or healthcare provider.
Under the Michigan Department of Community Health Active Living and the Sault Tribe Partnerships to Improve Community Health grants, CCHD and the Sault Tribe are partnering to highlight the importance of walking and physically activity as a means to prevent or manage chronic disease.