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Fitness & Nutrition: Information for Disability & Health Conditions

  • Synopsis: Information on good health fitness and nutrition concerning persons with disabilities to maintain strong limber muscles and cardiovascular system.

Definition: Nutrition

The intake of food, considered in relation to the body's dietary needs. Good nutrition - an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity - is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity. The diet of an organism is what it eats, which is largely determined by the availability, processing and palatability of foods. A healthy diet includes preparation of food and storage methods that preserve nutrients from oxidation, heat or leaching, and that reduce risk of food-born illnesses.

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In the age which we live there is an unprecedented focus on getting and staying healthy. As more and more research points to the effect of fitness and nutrition on our overall health, the findings become more difficult to ignore. There is no doubt that the food that we eat and the physical activity that we perform significantly impact our weight and our body's overall health and longevity.

Diet and nutrition refers to the intake of food and nourishment for the growth and maintenance of the body. Dietitians or nutritionists consider a diet as a balanced meal that contains appropriate portions of all nutrients.

The escalating rate of workplace disabilities is causing businesses and consumers alike to revisit how they handle stress and health issues.

High stress, lack of exercise and other factors exacerbated by an aging U.S. workforce are contributing to an increase in the numbers of individuals receiving long-term disability payments each year, according to a new study from the Council for Disability Awareness.

Fitness and nutrition go hand in hand for achieving good health.

When we keep our bodies active through a consistent exercise program, we are adding to our body's ability to metabolize food and keep weight down. Further, good fitness means strong and limber muscles and a strong cardiovascular system. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and reduces stress levels.

When you look at fitness and nutrition and the consequences of ignoring their importance, it is not difficult to see how large a role they play in our health. First and foremost, it is important to understand how powerfully diet can affect us. Natural, whole foods - such as fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins - give our bodies the vitamins that it needs to function effectively. We have energy when we eat right. And when we have energy we burn fat. Eating properly allows us to maintain a healthy weight and keep undue stress off of our hearts; it also allows us to keep our blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the healthy range. Most importantly, good nutrition keeps our bodies stocked with antioxidants that fight off a range of illnesses including cancer.

Regular exercise is one of the requirements necessary to address health and fitness issues. The types of exercises that will improve and strengthen the heart muscles are highly recommended.

If you spend long hours in a wheelchair you know it can lead to uneasiness and be very uncomfortable, which is true for anyone who is disabled. Keeping the body moving as much as possible in your wheelchair should be a regular part of your daily fitness program. This should be a priority no matter what your disability. Doing regular wheelchair exercise will help you increase your strength, flexibility, improve your mobility, strengthen your heart and lungs, and help you control your weight.

Your body should stay in movement and action.

Burn your excess fat and calories. Mental stimulation and exercise can be incorporated to keep you mind sharp and sound.

Challenge your mind to grow, expand, learn, explore, decipher, and experience.

You can do meditations as well. It can reduce your stress and heart rate, keep you at present, and maximize your feelings of joy, serenity, spiritual faith, and peace to stay fit.

Researchers studied 370 member of a runners club for people aged 50 years and older, and 249 community members who did not belong to the running club. They were between 50 and 72 years of age at the start of the 13-year study. The runners had far lower death rates, which was expected, and far less disability, such as osteoarthritis, which is impressive.

Fitness & Nutrition Awareness

March is U.S. National Nutrition Month - A nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

May is U.S. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month - National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active. People of all ages and body types can benefit from regular physical activity.

Quick Facts: Nutrition

Latest Fitness and Nutrition Information Publications

  1. The Phases of Starvation - What Happens When We Starve
    Information regarding the stages of starvation and the effect malnutrition has on the human body.
  2. Overeating of Health Foods Perceived as Less Filling
    Researchers examine overconsumption of healthy foods which consumers often perceive to be less filling.
  3. Sugar Substitutes: General Information on Sweeteners
    Information regarding natural and artificial sweeteners as diabetic substitutes for sugar consumption.
  4. Man Drinks 10 Cokes a Day - Then 10 Diet Cokes a Day
    George Prior is documenting his health while consuming 10 Cokes a day to increase public awareness about danger of excessive sugar in standard American diet.
  5. Change to a Healthier Lifestyle in 2015
    Tips based on recent research that applies to people of all ages on how to enjoy a healthier, happier life.

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