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The Healthiest States in the USA

The Healthiest States in the USA

Which US states eat healthy and exercise regularly? We’re about to find out in this infographic detailing the healthiest and least healthy states based on data provided by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. How healthy is your state? It’s time to find out!

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    This Healthiest States in the USA Infographic was created by Life Health HQ, with data from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

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    The infographic examines two major factors to determine state health – exercise and healthy eating.

    Which States Exercised The Most?

    In a 2013 study by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, researchers surveyed adults to see how many individuals reported regular exercise. For this study, regular exercise was defined as exercising 3 or more days each week for at least 30 minutes.

    The states reporting the most exercise were:

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    • Vermont (65.3%)
    • Hawaii (62.2%)
    • Montana (60.1%)
    • Alaska (60.1%)

    The states that reported the most levels of exercise were also states known for their selection of outdoor activities and outdoor lifestyle, which may have helped contribute to the higher levels of physical activity.

    US states reporting the lowest levels of exercise (exercising less than 3 or more days per week for at least 30 minutes) were:

    • Delaware (46.5%)
    • West Virginia (47.1%)
    • Alabama (47.5%)

    The national average for regular exercise was found to be 51.6%

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    Healthy Eating Data: Which States Eat the Healthiest?

    In the same study, state residents were asked to report on their healthy eating habits. In this study, healthy eating habits were defined as eating 5 or more servings of vegetables on 4 or more days each week.

    The US states that reported the healthiest eating habits were:

    • Vermont (68.7%)
    • Montana (63.0%)
    • Washington (61.8%)

    The states reporting the lowest amount of healthy eating were:

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    • Oklahoma (52.3%)
    • Louisiana (53.3%)
    • Missouri (53.8%).

    The national average for healthy eating is 57.7%.

    More Health and Fitness Data

    Other interesting research discovered in this healthiest states in the USA study:

    • Only 1 in 3 children are physically active each day.
    • Only 1 in 3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.
    • Over 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.
    • More than 23 million Americans live in food deserts – areas that are over a mile away from a supermarket, leaving residents to shop at connivence stores with poorer food choices and few (if any) options for fruits and vegetables.
    • Since the 1970s, the number of fast food restaurants has more than doubled.
    • 40% of total daily calories for 2-18 year olds come from added sugars and solid fats.
    • 50% of those empty calories come from six sources: soda drinks, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.
    • About 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.
    • Reducing the sodium Americans eat by 1,200 mg per day could save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs.
    • Projections suggest that by 2030, half of all adults (115 million adults) in the US will be obese.
    • Food safety awareness goes hand-in-hand with nutrition education. In the United States, food-borne agents affect 1 out of 6 individuals and cause approximately 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths each year.
    • US per capita consumption of total fat increased from approximately 57 pounds in 1980 to 78 pounds in 2009 with the highest consumption being 85 pounds in 2005.
    • The US percentage of food-insecure households, which are defined as household with limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways, rose from 11% to 15% between 2005 and 2009.

    Were you surprised to see which US states were the healthiest? Do you live in one of the healthiest states in the USA? What about the least healthy states – were your surprised to see which states have the worst eating habits and the lowest levels of exercise?

    Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!

    Featured photo credit: Life Health HQ via lifehealthhq.com

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    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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