A Movement for a FIT and Healthy America
The Cost of Obesity in the USA in 2013 Keeps Rising

Obesity's Death Toll Rises - PHIT America's Five Step Plan To Counter Obesity

Obesity's Death Toll Rises - PHIT America's Five Step Plan To Counter Obesity

SILVER SPRING, MD – August 20, 2013 – If you think America’s obesity situation is bad, a recent report indicates it’s worse than previously reported.

According to Ryan K. Masters, PhD, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, overweight and obesity were associated with 18.2% of all U.S. deaths among adults from 1986 through 2006.  Previous estimates of the effect of obesity on mortality, published in Demography in 2009, established an obesity-related death rate of approximately 5%.

"Obesity has dramatically worse health consequences than some recent reports have led us to believe," said Masters.  "We expect that obesity will be responsible for an increasing share of deaths in the United States, and perhaps even lead to declines in U.S. life expectancy."NBC 2

The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, was also reported on NBC Nightly News on August 15.  Click here to view the story.

“It appears that obesity has a strangle-hold on American lives which is impacting health care costs and our quality of life,” said Jim Baugh, founder of PHIT America, which is responding to the inactivity and obesity crisis by leading “A Movement for a Fit and Healthy America.”

PHIT America has ideas on what can be implemented in the U.S. to stop obesity from soaring.  It focuses on developing an active population, which starts with the family, then includes supporting daily, quality P.E. in American schools, activity based programs in our cities, and support in Washington, DC with legislation which help create a Movement for a Fit & Healthy America.

How PHIT America Is Attacking The Obesity Crisis

1.    Acknowledge Inactivity Is a Major Issue To the Obesity Crisis
While the U.S. is very focused on food and calories consumed, the inactivity pandemic has grown out of control and is a major contributor to the obesity issue. Right now, 28% of Americans are totally sedentary – a figure which increases year after year and up three percentage points in the past few years. Only one-third of Americans are active to ‘healthy standards,’ exercising three times a week or more -- and this percentage is dropping. While “calories consumed” is important, “calories burned” has to be a major focus.

2.    Get America Moving, Playing More Sports & Exercising
It starts with every family getting out and getting active. Start with just walking or playing a sport or getting into a fitness program. This is a way every American can jump-start their lives to reduce weight and become more healthy. As CDC Director Thomas Frieden has said, “Activity is the wonder drug.”  We just need to do it!  Americans who are looking for a place to play should visit the PARTICIPATE section on PHITAmerica.org., the ‘Yellow Pages’ of places to play.

3.    Pass the PHIT Act To Give Americans a Financial Incentive To Get Active
We need more prevention in our health care system to help control costs while improving the health of Americans. The PHIT Act is new legislation that will allow Americans to use pre-tax medical accounts to get reimbursed for physical activity expenses. This will give Americans a financial incentive to be active, fit and healthy. Contact your local Members of Congress to show your support by visiting PHITAmerica.org and click on ADVOCATE.

4.    Continue Funding the PEP Program To Support P.E. in Our Schools
Did you know 48% of high schools have no P.E. and the average school budget for P.E. in the average school is less than $800 per year?  P.E is the grassroots program for all activity in America. Research shows that Americans who have P.E. are more than two times as likely to be active outside of school. The PEP Program is a 12-year-old program that provides grants to school districts to support P.E. programs throughout America. Let’s keep it alive to help keep children moving to fight obesity. Click here to advocate for the PEP Program.

5.    Start the Mayors Fitness Challenge To Get Your Community Moving!
This new 10-week fitness program was just introduced by PHIT America for cities to help citizens jump-start their fitness programs in a fun way. Cities are given a tested program with significant tips and support from PHIT America to make their Mayors Fitness Challenge a huge success. Every city in America should develop a Mayors Fitness Challenge to help fight the obesity crisis.  You can learn more about the Mayors Fitness Challenge on PHITAmerica.org.

For more information on the obesity and inactivity crisis and the PHIT America solutions, please visit www.PHITAmerica.org.




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