Choose to Move!

Physical Activity
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical activity can help:

  • Control weight
  • Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Improve mental health and mood
  • Improve ability to do daily activities and prevent falls in older adults
  • Increase chances of living longer
Physical Activity

Recognize the Warning Signs

Heart CheckupNationwide, reports are suggesting that for the first time ever, as a result of rising obesity rates, children may not outlive their parents. Here in Douglas County, the obesity rate is nearly 35.1% for adults. This is a health risk that affects people of every age, race and economic status.

These factors clearly indicate that there is work to be done when it comes to Douglas County’s community health. It’s up to each of us: leaders, employers, moms, dads and kids, to take ownership of this issue and start making changes.
  • Georgia’s obesity rate doubled from 1991-98 and is nearly twice the national average.
  • Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
  • Since 1980, obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
  • There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity among US children and adolescents.
  • Hispanic boys are more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white boy.
  • Non-Hispanic black girls are significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls.

What Can You Do to Jumpstart Your Family’s Fitness Plan?

  • Increase physical activity – See how many
    calories you can burn through exercise
    with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’
    Complete Food and Nutrition Guide.
Calories Burned Per Hour
Physical Activity
120 lbs
170 lbs
Basketball 330 460
Bicycling (10 mph) 220 310
Bowling 165 230
Hiking 330 460
Horseback riding 220 310
Jogging 385 540
Mowing lawn 300 425
Running (10 mph) 880 1,230
Swimming 330 460
Walking briskly 220 310
Weight training 165 230
 
 
 
  • Join the President’s
    Active Lifestyle
    Program
     and earn
    an award! Simply
    exercise 60 minutes/
    day for children
    and 30 minutes/day
     for adults!
  • Calculate your
    Body Mass Index.
    A BMI greater
    than 18.5 and
    less than 25 is
    considered healthy

Get Moving!

Walk, ride and play in Douglas County with these free or low-cost activities for you and your family.

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