We eat the wrong things and sit in front of computer screens
Texans are too fat and too sedentary. A new survey ranks the Lone Star State 40th in health. The survey finds medical science is keeping us alive longer than our eating and exercise habits should allow.
Dr. Nancy Bergstrom, the Associate Dean of Research at the UT Health School of Nursing Center On Aging, says small changes can pay off. She says some of her co-workers lost weight when they accepted a challenge to avoid elevators.
"They were on the first floor and needed something on the 5th floor; they would walk up."
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Dr. Bergstrom:
Dr. Bergstrom says she's seen families struggle to park as close to a store as possible -- missing a chance for exercise.
"Why aren't they parking a few feet further away and getting the exercise of walking in and out of the store?
Dr. Bergstrom says quality of life is more important than quantity of life. There's not much point to living longer if you spend it bed ridden.