In March 2020, the Federal Food and Drug Administration updated the food labeling requirements. Therefore clarifying the information. This was to simplify and improve the information provided to the consumer.
Physical activity in the U.S. varies based on geographic location, socioeconomic status and in comparison to other countries. It is important to know that physical activity is an important component of our well-being. However, this does not mean that going to the gym is the only way to be physically active.
Strain et al. Shows that different populations in different countries get their activity from different sources.
His research showed that the United States population ranked as a high-income country, ranks in the lower 1/3 of the number of countries surveyed with regards to the meeting minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per week. This may be a contributing factor to the significant rise in obesity in the United States. Individually we should all aim to increase our moderate to vigorous activity significantly.
We should be aware that being physically active is part of being healthy. Health is a combination of being physically active, having a healthy diet are all parts of the variables that contribute to our physical and mental well-being long-term.
The restrictions and the stressors caused by COVID-19 have resulted in our inability to maintain a healthy diet and be physically active. However, we must be vigilant with maintain our activity levels to combat health issues.
It is timely that the British Medical Journal has just published an entire issue regarding the significance of activity and our health as individuals and public health worldwide.
There are a few articles that are outlined here.
Ekelund et al. Reviewed published articles and correlated the activity level and mortality. They Concluded, “Higher sedentary time is associated with higher mortality in less active individuals when measured by accelerometry. About 30–40 min of MVPA per day attenuate the association between sedentary time and risk of death, which is lower than previous estimates from self-reported data.”