Lifestyle is the most important factor in well-being. Most people do not know how to make the right
choices to live their most fulfilling life-thus lack of education is the #1 reason why people don’t live the best lifestyle.
Over the last 30 years, scientific studies have shown that physical activity and other wise lifestyle choices lead to better
health and improved quality of life.
= is any bodily movement produced by the skeletal muscles
through the day (ex. Climbing stairs, gardening, dusting, washing the car).
= is a type of physical activity,
planned structures repetitive bodily movements (ex. Weight lifting, aerobics, swimming, riding a bike).
in the United States…
Technological advances have greatly reduced physical activity in daily life.
resulted-hypertension, heart disease, chronic low-back pain, obesity.
These diseases are sometimes called
diseases (“low motion”).
The trend of reduced physical activity has been termed
and is the second greatest threat to public health in the United States; the number one threat to public
health in the US.
-exercise and physical activity are not 1 in the same, exercise is a type of physical activity
Lifestyle, health and quality of life:
Besides reduced activity, three additional negative health factors have changed
along with technological advances. The five leading causes of death in the United States…(1) heart disease (2) cancer (3)
pulmonary disease (4) accidents (5) other-drug, violence, STD’s, etc.; 1-3 are all related to lifestyle choices; obesity is
the fastest growing disease in children
Despite a higher life expectancy than in the past, healthy life expectancy in the United States still lags behind other
Surgeon general’s report on physical activity and health:
The 1996 US Surgeon General’s report was a landmark
statement on the influence of regular physical activity on health. It stated that moderate physical activity provides
substantial benefits. It also stated that poor health in the US results form lack of physical activity. Premature death,
unnecessary illness and disability can be prevented, therefore, with moderate physical activity. Moderate physical
activity was defined as physical activity that uses 150 calories of energy per day, or 1,000 per week. People should try to
achieve 30 minutes of exercise per day most days of the week. Those that stay the same weight or want to lose weight
should exercise 1 hour to 1 and a half hours most days of the week. They wanted the public to understand how important
physical activity and lifestyle are. Physical activity helps muscles, joints, psychological well-being, can perform quality
of life activities, recommended we get 30 minutes of physical activity everyday
National health objective for 2010:
Each decade, the US Department of Health and Human Services releases a list of