Healthy Weight: Small Changes Really Add Up
We know what you’re thinking. “Summer is just 6 weeks away. I need to get in shape!” With New Year’s Resolutions long forgotten, most of us are in shape (if round counts as a shape, that is.) Obesity is a national epidemic that millions of Americans are facing today. With 68% of adults (and one out of every three children) in the U.S. overweight or obese, it’s no wonder that combating obesity is a leading concern across the nation.
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
The HWCF, or Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, is a CEO-led effort made up of more than 200 organizations and is designed to help reduce obesity, with a focus on childhood obesity, by 2015.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet and increasing physical activity are two key points of the HWCF goals. The Foundation promotes programs and activities that are designed to help people achieve and keep a normal, healthy weight.
Crown Prince Involvement
Inspired by the HWCF, we began hosting a “Lunch & Learn” where employees would gather to enjoy a healthy lunch, while getting an education on wellness and improved quality of life.
In September 2011, we formed a “Walk-a-Mile” club to encourage each other to get moving. Whether taking a short walk outside during break time, or hitting the gym after work, every mile counts. We have since logged nearly 5,000 miles!
Small Changes Really Add Up
Making huge lifestyle changes can seem like a daunting task. Start with small changes and team up with friends or family. Studies show that having support provides the motivation to keep going strong!
- Park & Walk: Try to park farther from your destination and get in a few extra steps.
- Drink More Water: Can’t seem to eliminate soda and other sugary drinks? Start by swapping out just one soda per day.
- Skip Dessert: Many of us crave sweets after a meal. Have a piece of fresh fruit instead. If you still can’t get rid of that sweet tooth, opt for a small piece of dark chocolate.
Tell us what strategies have worked for you. Now let’s get moving!