Healthy Living

More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. It’s a problem that besets other problems like stroke, diabetes, and heart disease, which are some of the top killers in our nation. Veteran Reporter and Investigative Journalist Bill Kurtis thinks it’s time for a wake up call.

“The time is now when we have to do something about it, otherwise our obesity problem is just going to skyrocket, continue on the rocket ride,” said Kurtis.

Kurtis teamed up with USANA Health Services Scientist, Brian Dixon, to speak with an audience at North Central’s Wentz Hall about how to start taking steps to a healthier, leaner life. Much of the blame, Kurtis feels, is in our overly processed diets.

“We are bombarded, stimulated, everytime we walk out the door, by signs, by jingles, by the smell of food that we have grown up with, that’s the American diet,” said Kurtis. “They’re reaching out to us to get money. and in exchange they’re giving us little time bombs that are killing us.”

High fructose corn syrup, nitrites, nitrates and added fats are the enemy and weaning them out of our diet is key to beginning our nutritional makeover which is a process with a rainbow at the end.

“Eat in technicolor, so you can eat as many brightly colored fruits and vegetables as possible, that is going to start to get you down that trajectory of healthy eating,” said Brian Dixon, USANA health Services Scientist.” Foods you should avoid tend to be the colors of black, brown and white. So think about when you char-boil a steak or a delicious brat here in the Midwest, potatoes as well, those are white, so avoid the black, the white, and the brown.”

Once you’ve cleansed your palate, pick up the pace. An active routine, no matter the length, can make a big difference in your overall health.

“People think they have to go to the gym, they think they have to be sore, they think they have to sweat their brains out to make a big difference, but it’s really small little things like we can do like walking around the block for 30 minutes and then maybe 45 minutes, and then maybe an hour every day can have huge benefits for your health and your health outcome in the future,” said Dixon.

Making simple and smart changes will take you in the right direction, propelling you forward to a fitter future.

“If you lean toward that healthy the majority of the time, not every time, I mean life is a beautiful thing and you should enjoy it, but if you do that the majority of the time, you’re going to set yourself up perfectly for a better health outcome,” said Dixon.

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