Start Being More Active
by Chris Mixer
According to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control, estimates indicate that West Virginians are simply too inactive. The research included adults who reported little or no physical activity outside of the workplace. While this research revealed that Colorado and California are the most “active” states, West Virginia was placed near the bottom of that list.
The Wood County Superintendent Dr. James Patrick Law, is encouraging healthy practices among young students to help promote a healthy lifestyle. This includes educating students about the values of a nutritious diet, as well as the importance of physical activity. Dr. Law goes on to explain that a recent grant was used to fund walking trails around a few local middle schools, to not only promote physical health among a community, but also to bring these schools closer to their respective communities. Dr. Law is afforded the opportunity to simultaneously improve physical and social health among some local communities.
Being physically inactive can lead to a variety of ailments, including obesity and type II diabetes. It can also lower life expectancy and is the leading cause of heart disease. On the other hand, being physically active and maintaining a good diet can help to control weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, as well as strengthen bones and muscles and even mental health.
With spring nearing, this is the perfect time to start being more active. Whether it's getting involved and volunteering to help a community or just taking a leisurely stroll, there are many ways to enjoy scenic West Virginia.
It is important to remember that the winter months tend to keep us from being active and, thus, we typically put on a few pounds.
Get into shape this spring by taking advantage of all the activities that we are unable to do during the winter.