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Hot Springs, Ark. – Did you know obesity has become a national epidemic? The prevalence
of obesity in the United States has been on the increase over the last decade. In
fact, over one-third of adults and nearly 17% of our youth were considered obese in
2012. Is there a difference between the prevalence of obesity in adult women versus
adult men? Not significantly. But, middle-age adults are more likely to be obese
than younger or older adults. Here is a startling breakdown. According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination
The obesity rate for preschool-age children has declined over the last couple of years,
but the rate for school-age children and adolescents has increased.
One contributor to obesity is the amount of food we eat. Consuming and extra 100
calories per day for a year above what your body needs can cause you to gain an extra
10 pounds. So how do you know how many calories your body needs? There are many
determining factors to take into consideration such as your age, height, current weight,
target weight, and activity level. There are programs available to help you determine
your daily caloric intake. One of these is SuperTracker, https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx. Not only do these programs determine your daily caloric needs, they can break
those calories down into the different food types – protein, fat and carbohydrates
– as well as the different food groups – fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein.
Take an active approach to controlling your weight and improving your health by knowing
what food portion sizes or servings are. For example,
In addition to knowing portion and serving sizes, here are a few more tips to help
For more information on portion control, contact the Garland County Extension Office
at 623-6841 or 922-4703, email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our website at www.uaex.uada.edu.
Are you interested in joining an existing Extension Homemakers Club? EHC is the largest
volunteer organization in the state. For information on EHC call 623-6841 or 922-4703
or email email@example.com.
If you’re interested in becoming a Master Gardener and would like more information,
you’re welcome to attend their monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1pm at the Elks Lodge. You may also call the Extension
office on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have several 4-H clubs for our Garland county youth who are 5 to 19 years old.
For more information on all the fun 4-H activities there are, call the Extension Office
at 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email Linda Bates at email@example.com.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
By Jessica Vincent County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jessica Vincent County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
236 Woodbine Hot Springs AR 71901
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension
office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible
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or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity