[r85] Rep. Pond: Indiana: Time to get INshape (3/16/2012)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Start Date: 3/16/2012
End Date: 3/16/2012

Our state has developed a program called INshape Indiana and it is designed to provide the groundwork for a personal or organizational fitness initiative. This program helps motivate people in our state to lead a healthy, active lifestyle by addressing issues that lead to weight gain and offering support and advice when it comes to diet and exercise.

INshape Indiana works to educate, motivate and connect Hoosiers to valuable resources that help them eat better and become more active as well as avoiding tobacco products.

The website, located at http://www.inshapeindiana.org/ is a great resource for healthy dietary and physical activity suggestions. There is information on portion control and ways to determine how much and what types of foods are best to consume. There is access to recipes as well as a nutrition and fitness log.

When it comes to exercising, the website provides daily physical activity requirements and what types of exercises are appropriate based on age. It provides charts that show specific aerobic activities and the amount of calories that will be burned per hour.

This type of health initiative is more important than ever considering in a recent study our state was named the 15th most obese state in the country. Indiana’s adult obesity rate has now risen to 29.1 percent. However, this is an issue affecting all states, not just Indiana.

Staggering statistics show there has been dramatic increases in obesity, especially in our state. The obesity rate in Indiana has increased by 60 percent over the past 15 years. The report was able to examine how the obesity epidemic has grown over the past two decades. Fifteen years ago, Indiana’s obesity rate was 18.3 percent and we were ranked the second most obese state in the nation.

These statistics are alarming because obesity has long been associated with several chronic health problems, with a primary concern being Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes rates have risen in 11 states and the District of Columbia. These rates have doubled in ten states, including Indiana in the past 15 years. In 1995, Indiana had a diabetes rate of 4.8 percent and now the diabetes rate is 9.6 percent.

The prevention of obesity and its related diseases is something that has been taken into consideration by several states, including Indiana.

According to the Indiana Department of Health’s Community Nutrition Obesity Prevention Division, obesity is a result of an imbalance in food consumption and physical activity. National data has shown an increase in the calorie consumption of adults and no change in physical activity patterns.

With the increasing obesity rate in our state, it is important to utilize these types of free initiatives that are providing support and motivation for a healthy lifestyle.  By making small changes in our diet and adding in exercise to our lives, we can hopefully work toward making Indiana a healthier and more active state to live in.

For additional information on INshape Indiana contact the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports by calling 800-433-0746 or by email at help@inshape.in.gov.