Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thirty Percent of Coloradans Should Be Receiving Health Counseling To Promote Healthy Eating and Active Living

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States, and physical inactivity is a major risk factor. Health care professionals have a role in counseling patients about physical activity for CVD prevention.

In August 2014, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that adults who are overweight or obese and have additional CVD risk factors be offered or referred to intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for CVD prevention.

In the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, a national survey conducted similarly in each state and DC, respondents were defined as eligible for intensive behavioral counseling for CVD prevention if they were overweight or obese, and had one or more CVD risk factors (hypertension, dyslipidemia, or impaired fasting glucose).

According to the survey, 30.2% of Coloradans or approximately 1.6 million people in the state, were eligible for behavioral counseling. Nationally, the average is 36.8%. 

Thirteen percent of Coloradans, or almost 718,000 people in the state were either overweight or obese, had a CVD risk factor and were not meeting the current 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans which state that for substantial health benefits adults should achieve ≥150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or ≥75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.

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