280416 "The Cost of Being unhealthy"

In an attempt to appeal to a larger audience I sent out a request for some thins that might be interesting to post about. While most are very courteous (that means nice), there were some folks that said they would like me to speak about more things outside Nutrition... But that is my passion... I say...

Well, I concede (that means give up) and have found a great balance for tonight. The Cost of being Unhealthy is a simple way for you as readers to put together the Nutrition imperative with everyday importance of finances. I know that as many of you are parents, function on a budget and are otherwise pretty conscious about money; this will make good sense.

First I found an article on the cost of food. Processed, packaged and downright unhealthy food is everywhere. It is disguised most times in your 'value meals' or 'bulk' packs. These food products appeal to you as a consumer for the perceived low cost for quality of product. According to an article in the Huffington Post, bypassing the junk food or cheaper food items results in an extra $1.50 per day that is spent buying healthy. That means fresh veggies, no sugar, high quality meats and probably involves you cooking for yourself. The article also points out that the yearly cost of eating healthier results in another $550 over the 12 month period. Now, that is a lot of money, I get it. But lets' explore the downstream financial aspect to eating poorly.

Health care costs are skyrocketing. Today the USA spends more on healthcare than any other industrialized country in the world. We are also the sickest population on the planet. Where 10 years ago the emphasis was on Africa and the starving kids with flies in their faces, now it is fat rolly polly Americans falling over dead with chicken wings stuck in their throats!

According to the Canadian Elevated Wellness Center, an average unhealthy person who has a metabolic disease like diabetes can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000 per year on medication and treatment. That is a much higher number than the $550 it costs to eat healthier and cook for yourself. According to Blue Cross Insurance Company, $153 BILLION dollars is lost every year due to sick or injured employees. As business owner that is incredible loss of productivity and man power.

The TODAY show posted a very enlightening article about The true cost of being Unhealthy . Read it HERE.

Finances are something everyone can relate to. Nutrition maybe not so much. We all want to be healthier but at the end of the day it seems that balancing the check book takes major priority over balancing your glucose levels in this country. The hope is that the tide will soon change. The work for you to do is start prioritizing the INVESTMENT IN YOUR HEALTH. Financially speaking, your bank account will not help you see your grandkids or keep you on the soccer field. You health will. There is a true cost for being Unhealthy.

Baseline:

lat Band Stretch/ Banded Bully Stretch/ Banded Hamstring Stretch

Double Under Progression: 10X 3 Singles/1 Double Under 10X 2 Singles/ 1 Double Under 10X 1 Single/ 1 Double Under

Then Dubs 5-10-15-10-5 * Each Set must be Unbroken

Skill Development:

EMOM 12 ODD: Weighted Chin Ups 4-8 Reps *as Heavy as Possible

Even: 20 m Handstand Walk or 3 Wall Climbs

WOD:

3 Rounds For Time "Heartbreak Kid" 10 Front Squat 155/105 20 Chest To Bar Pull Ups 50 Double Unders