In Massachusetts half of adults and 1 in 4 high school and middle school students are overweight or obese. Like many people, weight loss was something I struggled with for most of my life.
I started my weight loss journey about three years ago. At first it seemed impossible but once lose the first five pounds it gives you motivation to keep moving forward.
The CDC says some of the leading causes of preventable death such as heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes are a result of being overweight or obese..
Over the past 10 years in Massachusetts the percentage of adults in the state with diabetes has increased by almost 30 percent.
These risks got Lizz Brierley thinking more about her health.
“I’ve lost 31 pounds, it’s hard but it’s worth it,” said Brierley. “I went through depression, I went through a point I didn’t want to get out of bed. It’s absolutely changed my life tremendously.”
Having a healthy diet pattern and regular physical activity is also important for long term health benefits, something Train for Life in Chicopee promotes.
“Movement is so important and I think when they get into the habit of it they feel a drastic difference in their life and overall energy,” said co-owner Andrew McConaha. “It’s such an important part of our life that most of us take for granted.”
McConaha told 22News changing one habit at a time can go a long way..