Getting Fit for Summer

What a great summer we are having (obviously I am not talking about the weather.) England in the semi-finals of Euro 2012, Andy Murray in the finals, and the up coming 'games' (not allowed to name them or even put 2012 and London in the same sentence because of copyright issues - I wonder if Euro 2012 is also copyright?).

My daughter has decided that she wants to be in a future "games".  Who am I to discourage her? It is wonderful to see her not taking after her father and getting so caught up in the spirit of the event that it is spurring her to do more exercise.

As I write this, I am sitting in an airport lounge in Washington (America, not Sunderland), having just had an all-too-short visit to see my father. Looking around the airport, almost every other person I see is very overweight or obese. It is reported that 68 out of every 100 adults in the USA is either overweight or obese and 32 out of every 100 children. So what I see here in this airport is representative. Unfortunately, Britain is only slightly better.

Obesity is defined as a body fat content that is likely to affect your health. In adults this is usually meant to mean a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30. People who are obese are far more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, strokes and cancers (amongst other things). Even people who are overweight (BMI above 25 but below 30) also place their health at risk.

Over the last few years we have seen an increase in the number of people developing diabetes in Dunston. And whilst we all know exceptions to every rule, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers have preventable risk factors: smoking, not enough exercise, obesity, poor diet.

So...this summer holiday, as well as watching the "games" why not try some out? Even a good brisk walk each day will do wonders for your heart. And whilst you are at it, use the excuse to 'healthy-up' your diet and stop smoking.

And if you have done something to make a difference to your heath this summer why not use the contact page to tell us about it and maybe we could add it to this blog (without using your name) to encourage others?

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