Monday is the first day of "America on the Move Week," and San Diego County officials want to promote a healthier, more active lifestyle.
"Lack of physical activity is one of the three behaviors that contribute to heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and many other chronic illnesses," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer. "It's time for people to put the remote control and computer mouse down. Get up and move."
A recent study showed the percentage of obese adults in the county increased from 17 percent to 22 percent from 2003 to 2007, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.
The same study found that 55 percent of adults in the county are overweight.
"Start by making small changes you can manage and make incremental changes that you can stick with for the long-term," Wooten said.
She said a brisk 30-minute walk each day, even in divided sessions, is enough to maintain a healthy weight.
Avoiding smoking, eating fruits and vegetables and limiting consumption of fat and alcohol are also important in preventing weight gain, she said.
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