Mental And Physical Fitness has never been more compelling as it relates to heart disease,stroke,cancer,and healthy diet.

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According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is now the number one disease killer, cancer is second, and stroke is number three.

At least two of these diseases are hugely effected by diet and exercise.

An alarming number of reports suggest that Americans are
becoming more over weight, more stressed and more dependent on drugs than ever before.

Obesity seems to be striking at an earlier age, even in elementary school children.

One recent report on CNN observed that the abuse of prescription drugs in now four times greater than the abuse of all illegal drugs combined!

That is terrifying! The American Heart Association reported that females die from heart disease at the rate of one per minute! In that particular report there was no mention of the death rate of males due to heart disease but it has been known for years that more men than women suffered heart attacks. Believe me, that is one issue that women who fought for equal rights did not want but over the years the percentage of women with heart related deaths have been increasing.

These are truly frightening numbers. I have spent the last fifty years studying, teaching and writing about mental and physical fitness. With each passing day I become more alarmed about the physical and mental condition of Americans.

Our young people eat unhealthy diets partially due to foods they were served at home or allowed to eat in this fast paced society we have created.

Over weight or obesity is a growing problem not only for adults but also for increasingly younger children.

Children will learn to eat what is offered. If they are continually fed unhealthy choices, that will be the
preference that follows them into adulthood.

Offering a healthy diet at a young age will groom their palates to prefer those choices as they mature.

Therefore parents have a responsibility to start their children off with a healthy diet so their hearts and bodies will produce healthy organs.

If an unhealthy diet pattern has already been established, stop it immediately.

Children may balk at the unfamiliar choices at first but if that is their only option, believe me, they will not starve

When they become hungry enough they will eat the healthier diet and will soon learn to enjoy it.

Plus children with healthier bodies are subject to less teasing and ridicule in school so their self esteem will improve.

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Author's Bio: 

Popa Woolsey writes about mental and physical health. His articles about low fat recipe's are published in 80 countries.