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Barriers to Healthy Habits: What is Stopping People from Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes?

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Healthy habits and cancer risk prevention has never been more relevant in today’s society. In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults were overweight and more than half a billion were obese. At least 2.8 million people each year die as a result of being overweight or obese.1

What is stopping people from making these healthy lifestyle changes? To answer this question and others, GE Healthcare, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS), will be hosting a Google Hangout session on Monday, June 23, 2 pm EDT.

The session will be moderated by Jason Morgan, Director of GE Healthcare Global HealthAhead. He’s responsible for developing strategy and vision for the company’s global wellness program.  Jason holds a graduate degree in Health Science from the University of Memphis and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Wellness Council of Wisconsin. Here he provides leadership and guidance to employers.

He’ll be joined by Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, Director, Nutrition and Physical Activity, American Cancer Society. Colleen has developed strategies to increase awareness of the importance of diet and exercise for disease prevention and management. She has appeared on national broadcasts, including CNN and Headline News. Colleen has degrees in nutrition from Miami University and The Ohio State University.

S. Carter Steger also joins this special session. As Senior Director for State and Local Campaigns, for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), Carter has over 20 years of experience in state and local governmental health advocacy affairs. She has held the position of Director of Advocacy and Director of Tobacco Control for the America Cancer Society’s Mid-Atlantic Division.

The World Cancer Research fund estimates that nearly one-third of adults are not physically active enough worldwide and about 3.2 million deaths worldwide are attributed to poor diet, physical inactivity and obesity.

Many experts and organi­zations recognize that obesity is a complex problem that requires a broad range of effective approaches.  ACS believes that while educating the public about healthy behaviors is important to help them stay well, creating environments that make it easier for people to make healthy choices is critical in order to make widespread changes. ACS’s nutrition and physical activity guidelines call attention to community-action strategies that can increase access to healthy food and provide safe, enjoyable, and accessible environments for physical activity.

So, what is stopping people from making these changes? What steps you can make to make the healthy choice your home, work site, and places in your community an easy one? How can you impact change and what is your call to action?

These questions and many others will be answered by the panel of experts so join this Google Hangout  to learn about what issues are working against people in different communities worldwide.

 

References

1http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/obesity/facts/en/index1.html

 

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World Cancer Research Fund