Kick off 2019 With These Healthy Physical and Nutritional Guidelines

Kick off 2019 With These Healthy Physical and Nutritional Guidelines

The new year is a time for resolutions and renewal, and the leading resolutions that Americans make is, without question, to lose weight, get into shape, and to live a healthier lifestyle. However, many Americans might not know exactly what that looks like! How well do you think you know your stats and suggested amounts when it comes to a healthy diet and exercise? Take our health and nutrition quiz below, explore the status of diet and exercise in this country, and learn about recommendations and guidelines to help you on your way to keeping your health and fitness-related New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. What percentage of Americans are overweight or obese?
  1. Under 25%
  2. About 39%
  3. Just over 50%
  4. More than 66%
  5. What is the percentage of adults that get 30 minutes of physical activity every day?
  1. Less than 5%
  2. Approximately 25%
  3. Exactly 40%
  4. Over 60%
  5. What percentage of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities?
  1. Less than 10%
  2. Exactly 30%
  3. Just about 50%
  4. More than 80%
  5. A typical American diet exceeds the recommended intake levels or limits in four categories. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
  1. calories from solid fats and added sugars
  2. Vegetables
  3. refined grains
  4. sodium
  5. saturated fat
  6. Fill-in-the-Blank: About 90% of Americans eat more ___________ than is recommended for a healthy diet.
  1. Starches
  2. Dairy
  3. Sodium
  4. Vitamins
  5. Vegetables
  1. True or False? Since the 1970s, the number of fast food restaurants has more than doubled.
  2. In the early 1970s, there was not one state with an adult obesity prevalence rate of more than 25%; as of 2007-08, how many states have an adult obesity prevalence rate at 25% or higher?
  1. 12
  2. 24
  3. 32
  4. 40
  5. How many minutes of moderate intensity physical activity does the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommend the average adult get every week?
  1. 30
  2. 50
  3. 100
  4. 150
  5. How many times a week does the HHS recommend the average adult perform muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups?
  1. Just one day
  2. Just two days
  3. Two or more days
  4. Three or more days
  5. A ‘healthy eating pattern’ includes all but which of the following food groups?
  1. Fruits and vegetables
  2. Whole grains
  3. Low-fat dairy
  4. Saturated fats
  5. Lean protein and natural oils
  6. True or False? Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, dairy products, and oils.

Resources: Information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.gov).

ANSWERS:

  1. D. More than 66%. Over two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.
  2. A. Less than 5%. Less than 5% of American adults get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
  3. D. More than 80%. Over 80% of American adults do not get the recommended amount of aerobic or strength-training exercise.
  4. B. Vegetables. The typical American diet exceeds the recommended limits for calories from solid fats and added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fat.
  5. C. Sodium. Around 90% of Americans eat more than the recommended 2300 mg per day of salt.
  6. True. Fast food restaurants, which have more than doubled in number since the 1970s, offer foods high in solid fats and added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fats.
  7. C. 32. There are 32 states with an adult obesity prevalence rate at 25% or higher.
  8. D. 150. The HHS recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week.
  9. C. Two or more days. The HHS recommends that the average adult perform muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups two or more days a week.
  10. D. Saturated fats. All the rest are a part of the HHS’s recommendations for a ‘healthy eating pattern.’
  11. True. Americans do not eat enough of the categories recommended for a “healthy eating pattern,’ and too much of those categories that are recommended in moderation only.
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