Tips on How Your Family Can Lead a Healthier Lifestyle
The obesity epidemic is costing the US billions of dollars a year in health expenses. Joana Gagis talks to Stephanie Bryan, the Chair of Health and Physical Education at Saint Peter's University, about the small steps every family can take to get them on track to a healthier active lifestyle without breaking the bank.
"Welcome back to Life and Living. Who picks up the tab for healthcare costs when over one third of Americans are obese? The U.S. government for one. To the tune of 140-220 Billion dollars. That's no small potatoes. My next guest is doing all she can to address obesity. She is Stephanie Bryan, Associate Professor and Chair of Health and Physical Education at Saint Peter's University. Welcome to the program. Thank you. One third of Americans are obese. Why are we not fixing this problem? Broad question, I know. You know, our behaviors are such that they're lending themselves to lots of obesity and overweight even more-so. So we're almost at 70% overweight and obese. So, obese is obviously worse than overweight, but all very bad for your health. Talk a little bit about your background in health, in education, and why this is an issue right now that you care so much about. Well, I think that if we care for our bodies, than we will be more productive. It effects cognition, mood, it effects everything. So, there's no disconnect between the mind and the body. So we have a lot of people that are diseased as a result of their lifestyle behaviors and it's going to affect everyone. But you can see opioid crisis, depression, suicide, we can see it across the news. So you have been a yoga instructor. You owned a studio for a long time. Quickly tell us where it was. In Gillette, New Jersey. Gillette, New Jersey in the Basking Ridge area. Correct. And now you're teaching at Saint Peter's university. So this kind of culmination of your health experience and background and now trying to teach the younger generation. What is it that you're trying to instill in the next generation of kids? Well, I think with my students... My college students, we're going after a mind and body approach. So for example, we have a course where I teach them meditation and meditation now is being associated with improved cognition, reductions in stress, longevity, it's remarkable what you can accomplish through meditation. So... And movement is another one. So, any type of movement is productive. Whether it's walking, swimming. It can be any type of aerobic activity. So we're going really basic and then we're approaching health through nutritionWelcome back to Life and Living. Who picks up the tab for healthcare costs when over one third of Americans are obese? The U.S. government for one. To the tune of 140-220 Billion dollars. That's no small potatoes. My next guest is doing all she can to address obesity..."