Seven states in America had obesity rates among adults at or above 35 percent. This record number is an increase from five states in 2016.
In addition to the increase, no state had a significant improvement in its obesity rate over the past year, according to the annual State of Obesity 2018: Better Policies for a Healthier America report. The report, now in its 15th year, is published by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The report states, “Between 2016 and 2017, there were increases in obesity in six states. Currently, 48 states have adult obesity rates exceeding 25 percent. The report found that at least 20 percent of adults are obese in every state.”
I understand that maintaining weight management is difficult and not everyone is enthusiastic about athletic training. But, adult obesity is on the rise again – which means childhood obesity is quickly becoming the number one health problem for today’s youth.
What can be done?
As the founder of Fitness for Health, a therapeutic, exercise facility for children and adults in the Washington, DC, Region, and a certified athletic trainer for almost 30 years, in my opinion, make physical activities and games FUN for the whole family! The key to successful participation is creativity and positive reinforcement as well as scheduling a regular time during the week as “family playtime” so kids will learn to emulate their parents and the whole family can enjoy maintaining weight management TOGETHER!
Families need to work – and play – together to enhance physical fitness while building stronger relationships. With an integrated approach, parents, grandparents and children can create fun, recreational games that also increase self-esteem – and help families bond – while improving your bone and joint health, losing weight, getting older family members thinking about fitness for seniors and encouraging younger family members to participate in varied activities to improve kids’ health.
Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Make fitness fun and schedule a Family Workout! Pretend you are on your own impossible mission and try to navigate our laser maze without breaking a laser beam! Chase lights and make them disappear on our Light Floor and Wall! Climb a rock wall or two…in our glow-in-the-dark room! Jump to your heart’s content on our 30′ long trampoline and so much more! Call us at 301-231-7138 to learn more.
Do you have a family member who has special needs? Does he or she like to dance? Join us on Friday nights (until 11/9) from 6pm – 7pm for ZamDance – a high impact dance fitness program for children and adults with developmental differences. Meet other families and make new friends while having fun dancing and burning calories in our glow-in-the-dark gym. Register today at https://fitnessforhealth.org/classes-events/register-now/.