Here’s a quick question for all of us who are interested in promoting good health for ourselves and for our children.
Q.What do you think would happen if you sat down every afternoon and gobbled up 18 teaspoons of sugar in a row?
(If you answered, “You’d get fat!” please go immediately to the head of the class . . . where you might be surprised to learn that the typical 20-ounce soda contains every one of those 18 teaspoons of sugar – along with several other ingredients that can be detrimental to your good health!)
Pretty shocking, right?
It sure is – especially when you consider the additional fact (recently announced by the federal government) that two out of three adults and one out of three children are either obese or overweight in the America of 2014.
Put all of those facts together, and you don’t need a Ph.D. to understand that cutting back on our daily consumption of sugary drinks can be a key strategy in avoiding many of the problems (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, you name it) that now pose major threats to our good health.
All of which takes me to an important announcement I want to share with you today:
The annual DMC 61 Day Health Challenge is about to begin!
This year’s Health Challenge – during which hundreds of thousands of Detroit-area residents will be encouraged to cut back on sugary drinks and calorie-rich fried foods while increasing their daily exercise – is set to kick off at 2 p.m. on Friday, October. 31 in the Kresge Auditorium at DMC Harper University Hospital.
Once again this year, the Health Challenge will focus our attention on the crucial links between nutrition and exercise and good health . . . while also encouraging all of us to act on these important insights.
As a physician and a hospital administrator who’s passionate about education and helped launch the Health Challenge several years ago, I’m very excited about the message we’re going to be sending throughout the 61 days of this approaching holiday season (Nov. 1-Dec. 31).
Together, we’re going to meet the challenge of living a healthier lifestyle by living with “Less Sugar and More Steps!” – and the action is all set to begin on October 31.
See you there!