News / Health

    US Surgeon General Stages 'Walk to Wellness'

    Walk for WellnessWalk for Wellness
    x
    Walk for Wellness
    Walk for Wellness
    Mariama Diallo
    In 20 years, four out of ten American adults will be overweight, according to a recent study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Even today more than 78 million U.S. adults are obese.

    Faced with these staggering figures, the U.S. Surgeon General, the nation’s leading spokesman on matters of public health, says Americans need to be more active.  To set an example, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin went for a walk this week. Lots of other people went along.

    Benjamin is the 18th surgeon general of the United States.  On Wednesday, she led what she called a "walk to wellness" through the streets of Washington -- to encourage people to take a break from work and be active.  As "America’s doctor", she says it’s important to make healthy habits part of everyday life.

    “Health doesn’t just occur in a doctor’s office or hospitals only.  It also occurs where we live, where we learn, where we work, where we play and where we pray,” Benjamin said,.

    From her early days as the founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama, to her present leadership role in the advancement of preventive care, Benjamin has been going across the country promoting a national prevention strategy.

    “Our vision is to move our country, based on sickness and disease, to one based on wellness and prevention.  And, our goal is to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life," she said.

    Wearing workout gear, or in their regular work clothes, a crowd turned out to join Benjamin Wednesday -- walking about two kilometers through the nation’s capital.
     
    “I actually really enjoyed seeing the surgeon general come out and show us all that walking and physical activity is important for everyone,” said Rachel Sigler.

    “A lot of Americans are overweight and we really need to get fit. It’s really an excellent idea.  I felt I burned extra calories so it was wonderful,” said June Joyer.

    To get the walkers even more pumped up, Benjamin enlisted Cornell McClellan, the personal trainer for President Obama and his family. McClellan, who led the pre-walk warm up, says if the first family can do it, everyone should.
     
    “They are what we call the ideal client. They are motivated and knowledgeable. Now, as a trainer I do have to push them from time to time so they can be a little upset with me, but generally they are very easy to motivate,” McClellan said.

    But even as the first family’s trainer, McClellan says he still has to find time to do his own workout.

    “I have three teenage sons. They are all athletes and I like to work out with them. It’s a great way to spend quality time with your children and it helps to push me because I like to beat them when we work out,"  McClellan said.

    Whether it’s finding quality time with your children or taking a break from work, Benjamin says staying active is a key factor in winning the battle against a number of preventable diseases.

    You May Like

    Post-White House, Obamas to Rent Washington Mansion

    Nine-bedroom home is 3 kilometers from Oval Office, near capital's Embassy Row; rent estimated at around $22,000 a month

    Red Planet? Not so much!

    New research suggest that Mars is in a warm period between cyclical ice ages, and that during Ice Age Maximum over 500,000 years ago, the red planet was decidedly ice, and much whiter to the naked eye.

    Taj Mahal Battles New Threat from Insects

    Swarms of insects are proliferating in the heavily contaminated waters of the Yamuna River, which flows behind the 17th century monument

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: kanaikaalirumporai from: Norway
    May 17, 2012 10:41 AM
    Well, they lady herself seems to be over weight. So what's the fuss about telling others to do so. Mr. Obama the wonderful is OK to do such propaganda like he does in other political mstters

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora