Bringing Food, Fitness and Wellness Together
This article was contributed by NASM, the Geography of Wellness Country Partner for the US.
Heart disease and diabetes are among the leading causes of death and decreased quality of life, and they account for most healthcare-related costs around the world. As such, it is reasonable to say that such diseases are arguably the largest health problems facing the world today. Facing these facts, it is sobering to know most of these diseases are preventable.
Central to the prevention of these diseases is, of all things, nutrition. In fact, it has been estimated that ~60-80% of the risk of these diseases is attributable to lifestyle factors such as nutrition and exercise.
Given the incredible impact nutrition has on overall health and wellness, the key to the reduction in these leading causes of death is education, tools, and platforms that empower people to make informed choices about their health.