To the Editor,
Being an athlete is about more than just winning. It's about commitment, dedication and a healthy lifestyle. Doctors Nova Scotia would like to congratulate all the athletes who participated in the 2009 Summer Games.
In order to compete, athletes need to train hard and eat a balanced diet. This makes our Canada Games participants healthy lifestyle champions for our province. We aren't all going to be as active as a competitive athlete but we can adjust our lifestyles to incorporate the right amount of physical activity for each of us.
To get enough exercise youth should get a minimum of 90 minutes of daily physical activity while the goal for adults is 60 minutes. If in good physical health, try to get your heart beating fast when exercising. You could achieve this through a variety of activities ranging from playing sports to briskly walking to school. Before starting a new exercise regime, consult your family doctor.
Physical activity in combination with a balanced diet of vegetables, fruit, grain products, milk (or alternatives), and meat (or alternatives) can prevent a variety of chronic illness including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer and osteoporosis.
Our athletes are a great example for all Nova Scotians to follow. Congratulations on a new record of 52 medals!
Ross Leighton, President,?Doctors NS