Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights 8/15/2017 Did You Know? The term “obesity” is used to describe the health condition of anyone significantly above his or her ideal healthy weight. Obesity is common, serious and costly, nearly 70% of American adults are either overweight or obese. Being obese can raise blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lower "good" HDL cholesterol, increase blood pressure, and induce diabetes. In some people, diabetes makes other risk factors much worse. The danger of heart attack is especially high for these people. Whether you're at risk of becoming obese, currently overweight or at a healthy weight, you can take steps to prevent unhealthy weight gain and related health problems. Even losing a few pounds can provide you with cardiovascular benefits, so every step in the right direction is a step toward healthier living. It is important to set goals and stick to them. Consider these health tips: Exercise regularly. You need to get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week to prevent weight gain. Follow a healthy eating plan. Visit https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ to help develop a healthy eating plan. Identify triggers. Identify situation that cause out of control eating and develop strategies to control these behaviors. Be consistent. Sticking to your healthy-weight plan during the week, on the weekends, and amidst vacation and holidays as much as possible increases your chances of long-term success. To learn more visit: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/, http://www.heart.org, http://www.mayoclinic.org Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.