Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle Changes

Physical Activity

Lifestyle ChangesPhysical Activity Guidelines for adults in 2008 recommend 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate intensity activity per week. Being physically active helps the body to maintain appropriate body weight and prevent diseases associated with obesity. Adult inactivity rates are higher among the tri-zip area compared to the county, state, and nation.

Nutrition

Daily diets that contain the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day help protect the body from chronic diseases and obesity. Fresh fruits and vegetables together with a low saturated fat, low sodium, high fiber and lean protein diet have been associated with a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Fruit and vegetables play a large role in protecting the heart from disease.

Diet choices often are influenced by cultural identification. Each family will select what is most common to their cultural group. This is true of both the cultural aspects of where one lives and also the ethnicity of the group. The tri-zip population is primarily African American. Considering a Southern and Midwestern in influence and an African American ethnicity, dietary common food preferences include multiple meats, starchy vegetables, green leafy vegetables, and baked sugar-laden desserts. Common food preparations include frying, baking, and stewing. 

For more information on how to implement more nutritional choices into a weekly menu, check out these links below.