It’s not all bad news…

Bad news is .. According to the World Health Organization, Dec.16.2015; “UNHEALTHY DIET and a LACK OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY are the LEADING GLOBAL RISKS TO HEALTH” in the world we live in today.

Non-communicable diseases include, but are not limited to: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and obesity.  All of which are becoming increasingly more prevalent than prior years, despite the modern advances in technology and medicine.  Taking the first example; cancer, most people have been adversely affected by this disease at some point in their lives or will be.  CTVNEWS cited, May.27.2015; “Cancer cases expected to soar 40 percent by 2030.”That’s an alarming predicted rate.

Good news is .. Both diet and physical activity can be altered for the most part.  Many of the non-communicable diseases can be prevented and even reversed.

Health Canada produces a “Food Guide” that interesting enough evolves and changes with the times. Whether you are Canadian and follow Canada’s Food Guide or not, some simplistic guides to wholesome foods that provide nourishment, promote health, and prevent non-communicable diseases:

  • Consume produce, preferably organic; foods as close to nature as possible, in their most natural state. Not chemically altered to mass produce or ward off pests, but rather organic, free from chemicals and grown in enriched, healthy soils.
  • Consume more live foods (plants) and less dead foods (animals). When consuming animals, not only are you eating the animal, you are also affected by the food that animal ate and the conditions it lived in.  Try taking this into account and choose the free-from hormones, free range, options.  You might also consider whether the fish you eat are bottom feeders and opt for a healthier version.
  • Choose water as your main drink and keep hydrated.
  • Healthy fats are also important and can be obtained from nuts, seeds, oils such as olive, coconut.

Increasing physical activity can be easily compensated and individualized geared to needs.  Depending on the individual, making small changes in a person’s daily routine, might be using stairs instead of an elevator, or increasing walking distance for a start.

Although this article focuses on the cause and cure of health risks, there also entails a vast economic burden to ‘preventable’ ill health that one can imagine.

About Marie Clark, CPTN-CPT

Marie is a Certified Personal Trainer with the Certified Professional Trainers Network. She currently works and resides in Brantford, Ontario with her husband and three sons. She is a contributing writer for the Ontario Physique Association. Marie's mission is "To inspire health, fitness and quality of life for all!"