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Nutrition and Physical Activity Awareness in the United StatesKimberly BerronesL27455688HLTH 630-B02October 11, 2015AbstractAwareness of nutrition and physical activity can lead to healthy lifestyle choices and a better quality of life. Many things have changed in just the past sixty years that have changed how the human body is nourished and how physically active the majority of the population is. The report will a take a look at how certain aspects of life impact theability of one to be able to be healthy.
Introduction Why would nutrition and physical activity go hand in hand? Can you have one without the other? These questions may inhabit the minds of individuals who are aware of the need to create a healthy lifestyle, and yet completely absent from others who are not attentive to staying healthy. Good nutrition, physical activity, and a healthy body weight are essential parts of a person’s overall health and well-being.1 Together, these can help decrease a person’s risk of developing serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.1 A healthful diet, regular physical activity, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight also are paramount to managing health conditions so they do not worsen over time.1The biological effect of physical activity is extremely positive for mind, body, andsoul. A simple explanation would be “if you are healthy then you feel good! If you are unhealthy then you don’t!” Why is this? Why is happiness so related to health? Most work suggests that exercise and physical activity are associated with better quality of life and health outcomes.2 Therefore, assessment and promotion of exercise and physical activity may be beneficial in achieving desired benefits across several populations.2 Current national guidelines for aerobic physical activity recommend for substantial healthbenefits, adults should participate weekly in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or an equivalent combination.3 Biologically, exercise seems to give the body a chance to
practice dealing with stress.4 It forces the body's physiological systems — all of which are involved in the stress response — to communicate much more closely than usual: Thecardiovascular system communicates with the renal system, which communicates with the muscular system.