BELLAIRE Obesity rates continue to skyrocket in the United States. Twelve states have obesity rates greater than 30 percent. Only one state, Colorado, has less than a 20 percent rate of prevalence.
The problem, much like the resulting physical statures of the obese, keeps growing and growing. And while the importance of a healthy body is indisputable, it seems more American's are more concerned with what apps they download to their smart phones than paying attention to what they put into their mouth.
The mere act of paying attention is one of the biggest weapons in fighting the battle of the bulge according to Glenda Myers, a certified holistic health practitioner and nutrition consultant based in the Ohio Valley.
To put it plainly, read the label.
''I just think that people need to be more educated on label reading and finding out what is in their food,'' Myers said. If you know what you are eating, it makes it easier to stay on the right path and experience success."
Some ingredients are easy to make out. Others are four and five syllables in length and unknown to most of the populace. If you're unsure of what an ingredient is, write it down and look it up before you buy.
Changing what you eat is just the first step, but it's an important step. It's also important that for true change that people stop associating eating healthy with a "diet." Diets are temporary. A lifestyle change is permanent and the ultimate goal should be to live well, not look well briefly.
People aren't born obese. Likewise they won't rid themselves of obesity in one day.
"It's not an overnight thing. I tell people you are not going to see overnight changes,'' Myers said. ''You have to be committed to making the change and it has to be a lifestyle change.
"It's not a diet."
Myers, who is board certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, offers her expertise, both in a classroom setting and individuals ready to make a positive lifestyle change and return to optimal health, or experience it fully for the first time.
She helps her clients create food plans that are catered to their needs while also discussing nutritional strengths and weaknesses, offering foods that can help heal the body.
"My philosophy is that the body has tremendous healing capabilities, given the right tools,'' Myers said. ''These tools may be through nutrition, chiropractic care, massage therapy, meditation, exercise and more."
She generally offers individual sessions per client with additional sessions available if needed.
Myers hosts classes on basic and specific nutrition and healing foods, a crash course on grocery shopping and has also introduced healthy eating to public and private school children.
This is right up her alley since she is an educator with a bachelor's degree from Ohio University and a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Her interest in nutrition began to blossom in 2009, when a series of life changing events and issues caused Myers to reevaluate her health.
She began to suffer from osteoarthritis and with two young children in the home, she knew a change was needed. By early 2010, she returned to school, continuing her research into holistic health and nutrition.
For more information or to make an appointment, Myers may be reached by calling (740) 676-2463 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
She also offers up free tidbits a few times per week at her Facebook page. It can be found by searching for Eat Well to Live Well.
Hughes may be reached at email@example.com.