Dragnet was a television show that delighted audiences from 1949 – 1970, with Detective Joe Friday becoming an icon for his matter-of-fact approach in solving a case. One of his most famous quotes was, “Just the facts, Ma’am”. In fact, click and listen to Joe say that classic phrase.
So, no inspirational speeches to get you off the couch. No poetic phrases to get you to start eating real food rather than stopping at the drive-through. This month, you’re going to get the facts.
- Since the 1970’s, the number of fast food restaurants has more than doubled.2
- Reducing the sodium Americans eat by 1,200mg per day could save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs.8
- Typical American diets exceed the recommended intake levels or limits in four categories: calories from solid fats and added sugars; refined grains; sodium; and saturated fat.2
- Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of total calories for 2–18 year olds and half of these empty calories come from six sources: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.27
- Only one in three children are physically active every day.1
- Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.3
- Only 35 – 44% of adults 75 years or older are physically active, and 28 – 34% of adults ages 65 – 74 are physically active.4
- Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g. TV, videogames, computer).7
It’s easy to read facts about other people, but what are the facts in your life?
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1 National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The Fitness Equation: Physical Activity + Balanced Diet = Fit Kids. Reston, VA: National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 1999.
2 U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. Available at: http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/dietaryguidelines.htm.
3 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2010. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/healthy_people/hp2010.htm.
4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/.
7 Rideout, Victoria J., Foehr, Ulla G., and Roberts, Donald F. Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds. Rep. Menlo Park: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010.
8 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs: Where’s the Sodium? Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/pdf/2012-02-vitalsigns.pdf.