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Adult Obesity Cause for Concern Too

The CDC determines obesity based on Body Mass Index (BMI), which is calculated using a person’s height and weight. For most people, this also correlates to their amount of body fat. An adult with a BMI of 30 and above is considered obese and an adult with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.

The CDC shows that 13 states have a population of at least 30% of obese adults, up from 12 states two years ago. Those states are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

The rest of the country isn’t faring much better with 41 states having at least 25% obesity and all 50 above 20%.

Nebraska’s adult obese population is at 28.6%.

These numbers are in stark contrast to 30 years ago when no state was above 15% obesity and 20 years ago when no state was above 20%. Even just six years ago, only Mississippi was above 30%.

Surprisingly, there is a positive in the statistics. With the exception of Arkansas, every state is holding steady in their obese populations. While obesity isn’t going down, it isn’t increasing considerably either.

We probably don’t have to reiterate the health repercussions of obesity and overweight. (If you are looking for a refresher, the CDC provides one here.) Let’s instead focus on what we can do to decrease the prevalence of obesity and overweight.

Firstly, we can create a culture of change, something is already being promoted by initiatives such as First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let’s Move! initiative and Nebraska’s state initiatives.

As communities, we can support these initiatives and push for sidewalks and walking paths, and maintain clean park to promote activity. And as families and individuals, we can promote physical activity and healthier eating choices, like more fruits and vegetables and fewer soft drinks, sugary foods, and fatty foods.

By working together, we can decrease obesity.

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Norfolk and Northeast Nebraska Imaging prepare for Relay for Life

Tonight at 6 PM Norfolk’s Relay For Life event will kick off with its opening ceremony at the Johnny Carson Track and Field. Participants have been fundraising and planning the event for months, drawing over 450 participants, 42 teams and over $74,000. Relay For Life is the main fundraising event for the American Cancer Society to raise awareness, help those that have been affected and support research. The event has been conducted in over 5000 communities throughout the United States and is said to have raised over 3 billion since its inception in 1986. During Relay events, participants will assemble teams that camp out within the community. At these locations, team members take turns walking or running around a track for up to 24 hours, symbolizing how cancer never sleeps. The Norfolk Relay will last from 6PM until the closing ceremony at 7:00 AM on June 2nd. The event will also include a Survivor’s Lap at 6:15 PM, a Luminaria Ceremony at 9:30 PM and the Fight Back Ceremony at 10:00 PM. As the community unites for this cause, Northeast Nebraska Imaging Open MRI is proud to participate in the event and be a Copper sponsor.

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