By: Wendy Hubbard RN, BSN, Vermont Department of Health
Many of us have heard the saying “Lucky Number 13.” When is 13 not a lucky number? Thirteen is no longer a lucky number when it is associated with the increased rates of 13 cancers. These cancers have been associated with being overweight or obese. The “Cancer and Obesity” report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on October 3rd can be found on their website.
The CDC infographic discusses what communities are doing to encourage their neighbors to increase their physical activity and get healthy foods into their daily meal plan. I would like us to take a moment and look at the resources in the Lamoille Valley. There are many activities going on and simple, no cost ways we can encourage each other to have improved health.
Families, for example, can get out and walk or bike on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.Find a walking buddy to encourage each other and get out there and enjoy the fall air.
Local schools encourage breakfast and offer healthy meal choices for breakfast and lunch. There are summer meal programs for children in many areas. The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program offers food benefits, nutrition education, recipes and breastfeeding supports to families that meet the eligibility requirements. You can call 888-7447 for more information on WIC services.
The 3-4-50 website has Vermont specific data along with tips and strategies to reduce obesity.
The 3 represents the 3 behaviors that are the leading causes of cancer:
- Tobacco use
- Poor diet
- Lack of physical exercise and obesity
These 3 behaviors contribute to 4 chronic diseases:
- Heart disease & stroke
- Type 2 diabetes
- Lung disease
These behaviors and chronic diseases are the cause of more than 50% of deaths in Vermont.