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2008 Eating healthy and exercise survey results released by Dietetic Association

Posted on Dec 01, 2008 by Maggie LaBarbera
 

The American Dietetic Association released their 2008 survey results and the trends were promising, indicating that an increasing number of Americans are more concerned about eating healthy and exercising.  The survey is done every year and asks a series of questions that will put you in one of three categories.  These categories represent people's overall attitudes toward maintaining a healthy diet and getting regular exercise.  The three categories are:

  • I'm Already Doing It:  These are people  who feel that maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise are very important; are concerned about diet, nutrition and overall fitness; and feel they are doing all they can to eat a healthy diet.
  • I Know I Should: These are people who feel that maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise are very important, but may not have taken significant actions to do all they can to eat a healthy diet.
  • Don't Bother Me: People who do not feel diet and exercise are very important to them and are the least concerned with their overall nutrition and fitness.
The "Don't Bother Me" category (this is not your category because you would not be reading my blog if it was!) was at 32% in 2002 and is now at 19% in 2008.  A significant drop!  This is the first time that this group is less than 1/3 of the population.  It was as high as 40% back in the mid 90's.

So what category is your family in, have you taken the leap to "We are already doing it"  or  has your family not quite begun yet.  Remember, you do not have to change everything all at once.  Small changes add up to a healthier family.  Being healthy does not mean "Never, ever can you eat...(whatever that is for you), it really means just not all the time, some foods are great once in a while.

If you need a jump start on goals to set for your family, we have many goals and tracking sheets that are focused on just one healthy change at a time.  And please, keep it simple and keep it fun.  Be patient and reward small changes with fun family activities.

To read more about the report, click here.

 

 

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Brad
Monday, Feb 02, 2009 @ 11:17 AM

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ting healthy and exercise survey results released by Dietetic Association | Nourishing Thoughts, Promoting Healthy Nutrition For Children- Family Nutrition Blog was interesting. You seem very knowledgeable in healthy diet.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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