Small Steps to Improve Eating & Lifestyle Habits During the Holiday Season and Throughout the New Year

November 7, 2017

You Can Achieve Better Health Today. Tomorrow. For Life.

Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

(Washington D.C., Tuesday, November 7, 2017) – Obesity is a chronic condition that affects more than 1 in 3 adults and nearly 17% of children in the United States. Another 1 in 3 adults is overweight.

NIH research has shown that on average people gain less than 1 pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. But over time, the pounds can begin to add up.

The NIDDK is promoting the theme, You Can Achieve Better Health Today. Tomorrow. For Life.

The NIDDK is promoting the theme, You Can Achieve Better Health Today. Tomorrow. For Life. Dr. Rodgers will encourage people to take small steps to improve their lifestyle habits during the holiday season and throughout the new year. Messages will focus on “doable” activities during the holiday season (e.g., moderation, planning for healthy meals, and tips for reducing inactivity). He will also discuss the relationship between obesity, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.

During this campaign, the NIDDK wants to encourage your audience to be aware of the small steps they can take now to improve their health, how to overcome setbacks, and get support from family and friends to support their health journeys. To learn more, visit www.niddk.nih.gov.

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