The Top 10 U.S. Communities for Healthy Eating

See how where you live ranks when it comes to following a healthy, balanced diet.

The Top 10 U.S. Communities for Healthy Eating

Over the past few years, there’s been a big shift in how communities around the country approach food. Thanks to new policies and healthier options being more accessible to families, eating healthy is getting easier and easier. Gallup and Sharecare recently released new research exploring the communities in the U.S. where residents were most likely to eat healthy. Communities were ranked based on one simple question: “Did you eat healthy all day yesterday?” Find out if your city made the cut. Plus, find out if your state ranks for the highest well-being here.

#10: El Paso, TX

Over 70% of residents in El Paso, TX reported eating healthy. As a large agricultural hub and source of dairy farms, residents are able to access produce and healthy options easily.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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