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ISMS Obesity Campaign

  • scale2Because physician members of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) have expressed concern about the epidemic of obesity in this country, ISMS has compiled a list of resources that address proper nutrition and obesity prevention.

    ISMS advocates a "back to basics approach." Eating healthy and making exercise a part of any daily routine is a sound, time-tested approach to maintaining a healthy weight and decreasing one's risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In the current social atmosphere that seems to provide us with a different "miracle diet" every month, it is especially important to emphasize the physiological process of calorie consumption and calorie usage.

    • AMA Healthier Life StepsTM discusses how four key health behaviors - poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and excessive or risky use of alcohol - are significantly related to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other conditions. The site educates patients and physicians on how to take steps to improve these key lifestyle behaviors and how to help prevent and manage these conditions.
    • U.S. Obesity Trends 1985-2007: During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. According to CDC data, an estimated 3 in 10 Illinois citizens qualify as obese. 
    • We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition): Provided by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. An education program designed for parents and caregivers to help children 8-13 years old maintain a healthy weight. Provides information in English and in Spanish for parents, families and health care professionals.
    • BAM! Body and Mind: Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this site is designed for kids age 9-13 years old and gives information on healthy lifestyle choices, with a focus on physical fitness and addressing stress.
    • Information about Children and Obesity (Click on Children's Health in the left navigational menu).
    • Portion Distortion! Do You Know How Food Portions Have Changed in 20 Years?
    • The new health care reform legislation requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to list calorie content for their menu items. To learn more about calories and nutrition in foods, visit A Guide to Nutrition and Health Information on Federal websites.
    • Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) 

    Interested in having a physician speak to your group about obesity? Email your request to ISMS communications@isms.org or call us at 800-782-4767.

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