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Transcript of LUC
dramatic rise in the incidence of diabetes,
heart disease and hypertension.
Each of these diseases have two critical risk factors in common: unhealthy eating and not enough physical activity. An initiative led by Mayor Riley that challenges our community to lose 100,000 pounds by April, 2013. Let's inspire people in the Charleston area to conquer obesity. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't about short-term dietary changes. It's about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses. Regular physical activity is important for good health, and it's especially important if you're
trying to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight. You don't have to
think of physical
activity as strenuous
exercise or boring
workouts. As a parent, you can help shape your
child's attitudes and behaviors toward physical activity. Make physical activity part of your
family's daily routine by taking
family walks or playing active
games together. More ways to motivate children to be active: Encourage participation among the people in your family, organization, church, workplace, neighborhood, even your Facebook friends. What can I do?
Maps and links to city parks and walking trails.
Locations of area farmers markets.
A calendar of health and wellness events.
Links to other Charleston area
A page just for kids.
A weight and activity tracker. Lighten Up Charleston Let's work together and lose 100,000 lbs. by April! Sign Up Now http://www.lightenupcharleston.org/ Use the interactive website to find programs
and places that will help you achieve your goals, and
tell others about it. Set the example by leading an
active lifestyle yourself. Instead of watching television after dinner, encourage your child to find fun activities to
do on their own or with friends and family, such as walking, playing chase or riding bikes. Be positive about the physical activities your child participates in and encourage them to be interested in new activities. Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age. 6 1 © 2012. LightenUpCharleston.com, Inc. All rights reserved. | City of Charleston © 2012. LightenUpCharleston.org, Inc. All rights reserved. | City of Charleston © 2012. LightenUpCharleston.org, Inc. All rights reserved. | City of Charleston Activities can range from walking, running, swimming, bicycling, skating, playground activities to organized sports. Encourage young people
to be physically active for one hour or more each day. Instead, do fun
activities you enjoy
and watch the
health benefits follow! Take young people to places where they can be active, such as public parks, community ball fields or basketball courts. The Lighten Up Charleston website offers these additional features to help everyone achieve their goal: You can join as an individual or team up with others and join as a group. It's a place for you to tell your story or seek help
from the many partners. You can track your progress and pick up useful tips. http://www.lightenupcharleston.org/ www.LightenUpCharleston.org www.LightenUpCharleston.org www.LightenUpCharleston.org www.LightenUpCharleston.org www.LightenUpCharleston.org www.LightenUpCharleston.org www.LightenUpCharleston.org Lighten Up Charleston is a rallying point for our community, a way to feel a combined sense of pride in our accomplishments. www.LightenUpCharleston.org Join the challenge! www.LightenUpCharleston.org www.LightenUpCharleston.org www.LightenUpCharleston.org