April 7, 2009
Knowing your “ACE in the Whole” in the game of life
Building a strong foundation to avoid gambling with your health
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Celebrating National Public Health Week, the Illinois Department of Public Health wants to teach all Illinoisans how to have an “ACE in the whole” for leading a healthy life.
“ACE – activity, check-ups and eating healthy. Making sure you stay active by walking, biking or some other physical activity; getting regular check-ups from your doctor; and eating healthy help you achieve whole body health. In the game of life, you don’t want to gamble with your health. Your ace in the hole, or winning card, to help you win the game and live a longer, healthier life is activity, check-ups and eating healthy,” said Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director.
This year’s theme for National Public Health Week is “Building the Foundation for a Healthy America.” According to the American Public Health Association, although we spend more on health care than any other nation, our nation is falling behind in many important measures of what it means to be healthy:
“Three important building blocks in the foundation for a healthier America include physical activity, healthy eating and getting regular check-ups,” said Dr. Arnold.
The recently released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend at least two and a half hours of physical activity ever week.
Physical activity helps to:
The same diseases can also be brought on by poor eating habits. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy eating plan:
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