Chronic Disease Prevention
Physical activity is one lifestyle choice that prevents chronic disease. A chronic disease is one that lasts for at least three months. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, and do not just go away on their own. Most Americans over 65 years of age have at least one chronic health condition.
Unhealthy choices, such as lack of physical activity, poor eating habits and using tobacco, are major factors for the leading chronic diseases. The leading chronic diseases include (in alphabetical order):
- Cardiovascular disease (such as heart attacks and stroke),
- Cancer (such as breast and colon cancer),
- Epilepsy and Seizures,
- Obesity and
Oral health problems.
For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control
How to prevent chronic diseases?
Physical activity is good for each of us!
What kinds of activity should I do? To get all the health benefits of physical activity, do a combination of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.
- Aerobic (“air-OH-bik”) activities make you breathe harder and cause your heart to beat faster. Walking fast is an example of aerobic activity.
- Muscle-strengthening activities make your muscles stronger. Muscle-strengthening activities include lifting weights, using resistance bands, and doing push-ups.
If you are first starting, begin at a level you are comfortable with. Once you get the hang of it, add a little more activity each time. Try to do at least 30 minutes every day. If you are not able to, do what you can. Any time can help!
For more information and tips: http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/nutrition-and-physical-activity/physical-activity
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things that you can do for your health. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it can help:
- Control your weight
- Lower your chances of cardiovascular disease
- Lower your chances for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Lower your chances of some cancers
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult
- Increase your chances of living longer
Strong Women Program
The Strong Women Program is a national evidence-based community exercise and nutrition program developed by Dr. Miriam E. Nelson and colleagues. The program is based on how strength training and nutrition improve the health of women of all ages. Each class includes progressive weight training, flexibility and balance activities for women to help build or keep muscle mass, strength, and function. The instructors have been trained in the Strong Women Program and have had personal successes participating and leading strength training.
Sign up for upcoming classes now! Please contact the following for dates, times and costs.
- Pines Community Wellness Center (Northland Pines High School) - 1800 Pleasure Island Rd, Eagle River WI, 54521 Call: 715-479-4473
- Lando Center - 4258 Cty Rd B, Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 Call: 715-547-6333
- Holy Family Catholic Church - 8950 Cty Rd J, Woodruff, WI 54568 Contact: Diane Erdman: 715-277-2368
- Boulder Junction Community Center - 5392 Park St, Boulder Junction, WI 54512 Contact: Donna White (North Lakeland Community Education) at 715-543-2159
- ChooseMyPlate.gov (United States Department of Agriculture - USDA) - Provides information on why exercise is important and tips on how to increase physical activity.
- Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults (.pdf, 4.25 MB) (U. S. Department of Health and Human Services) - Provides information on how to get started on an exercise program, or keep you motivated, within your interests and lifestyle.
- Go4Life (National Institute on Aging) - Provides ideas for seniors who wish to learn more about becoming physically active.
- Kids Health (Nemour) - Provides ideas on how to motivate your child to be physically active. You will also find healthy recipes, information on body mass index, and nutrients based on your child's stage of life.
- Local Activities Chart (.pdf) - A great resource for the Northwoods! The chart provides activities offered in this area and and contact information for area businesses that provide instruction or equipment if needed.