By now everyone knows that lack of exercise and unhealthy eating can cause health problems. A new study released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrates just how dangerous the problems can be. The study, published in the March 10, 2004, Journal of the American Medical Association, found that deaths due to poor diet and physical inactivity rose by 33 percent (%) over the past decade, and noted that these lifestyle factors may soon overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable death.
HHS also unveiled the Healthy Lifestyles & Disease Prevention initiative, which includes multimedia public service announcements and a new interactive Web site (www.smallstep.gov) that encourage Americans to take small, manageable steps to improve activity and diet.
For a full report on the initiative, see the “Industry Watch” column in the May 2004 issue of IDEA Health & Fitness Source.