NIDDK Director's Update Spring 2018

Health Information Updates

WIN, Rodgers urge healthy eating during holiday season

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NIDDK’s Weight-control Information Network urges you to make healthy choices and to limit goodies.

NIDDK's Weight-control Information Network (WIN) shared an encouraging message for the holiday season and beyond as 2017 came to a close: You Can Achieve Better Health Today. Tomorrow. For Life.

More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or have obesity. Being overweight or having obesity increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke, fatty liver disease, and other health problems that may affect your quality of life. However, there are things you can do to manage your weight and reinforce your health goals.

  • Limit the goodies. Don't go back for that second slice of cake, pie or cookies during the holidays or anytime during the year.
  • Don't cheat on sleep. Research has shown that not getting enough sleep may contribute to weight gain.
  • Activate your support network. Recruit coworkers, family members and friends to support your health goals—and even set their own.
  • Don't give up. Setbacks happen. That doesn't mean you should quit. Be patient, regroup and get back on track the next day or as soon as you can.

In December, NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers also offered these words of encouragement through a national radio media tour, reaching 1,866 radio shows and more than 11 million listeners across the United States. Listen to Rodgers' interviews here.

The NIDDK has resources you can use to develop and maintain healthy habits. Carry these habits with you all year long to help you manage your weight, which may reduce your risk of developing conditions related to obesity. For more information, visit WIN's web page.

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