Three in ten Nebraskans are obese, and the state’s chief medical officer wants them to walk it off.
Dr. Tom Williams says he was overweight in his early 20s and wanted to change that.
“I decided one summer that I would start jogging, just a little bit, to see how I felt,” Williams told reporters at a Capitol news conference. “At the end of the summer, I was running two miles a day. I had lost ten pounds. I had never felt better in my life.”
He says walking or hiking regularly is a good way to take the pounds off and lessen a sedentary lifestyle.
“A lot of screen time and all those things that we like to do now that involve a lack of physical activity, so one of the big things you can do is exercise,” he says.
Health experts point out that keeping the weight off helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
“I love working out and I miss it if I don’t do it,” Williams says. “My wife works out every day and here’s what else happened – our kids work out every day and they’re now adults, so exercise can be habitual.”
He says exercise should be fun and inexpensive, so you it’s something you’ll want to do every day.
A recent survey found 32 percent of Nebraskans are obese.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:39]