Northeast Alabama Community College presented a health seminar on Healthy Living on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The lecturer was Betina Justice, owner of Core Fitness in Scottsboro, Alabama. Justice has 30 years in the business of health and fitness and was an adjunct faculty member at Chattanooga State College.
She discussed making healthier choices in food and the effects of obesity on diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and cancer. She stated that 5.2 million college students are obese and that 95 percent college students fail to eat the recommended amounts of five or more servings per day of fruits and vegetables. If a student’s friends or siblings are overweight, the student is 57% more likely to be, and 40% if the parents are overweight. Seventy-eight million Americans are considered to be obese. One should avoid binge drinking, tobacco, and sleep deprivation. These can cause lack of concentration and memory loss, and put you at risk to be obese. Also avoid energy drinks, skipping meals, and poor food choices. Get physically active and eat healthier. “Be realistic with your goals and value yourself enough to care about you and your health to change,” said Justice. Start out slow with light weights and build up. Set small goals such as replacing sodas with water. Avoid cheap food offers, do not keep unhealthy snack foods around you, do not eat late, do not eat while studying, and replace unhealthy snacks with fruits and vegetables for more energy, “You should drink more water because sometimes you are just thirsty instead of hungry,” she explained. Control portions, limit sugar intake (no more than 6 teaspoons per day for women, and 9 for men), get at least eight hours of sleep per night, and try fitness aids such as MyFitnessPal App or FitBit to track your progress. Go to a fitness center with friends and get physically active, or enroll in a Zumba class to have fun. “Make a commitment to your health, set realistic goals and have new healthier habits,” she concluded.
Following the lecture, there was a question and answer session.
“We were so thankful to have Betina speaking with us on campus. Everyone learned so much, including myself. She was so wonderful to answer all our questions, and I think we will all be more conscience of our healthy living choices after listening to her.”
All Healthcare Seminars are free and open to the public in NACC's efforts to educate the community on healthcare issues.
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