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Houston Health hosts 'A New Year New You', curving chronic diseases

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WARNER ROBINS ,Ga.-- On Thursday, Houston Healthcare hosted the 'A New Year, New You' event at the Houston Health Pavillion in Warner Robins.

Nearly 70 people attended as medical staff and health educators shared the importance of exercise and healthy eating.

The event is just one of many in an effort to improve the health of the community by promoting wellness and avoiding chronic illnesses.

Danielle Ray, a Registered Nurse with Houston Health said if you're thinking of starting a fad diet for the new year, it may not be a good idea.

"It's really not a good idea because it's not sustainable. Sometimes our doctors might put us on a specifically prescribed diet and that's necessary for your body, but for the most part it's not. Your body really needs a balance of nutrition of those good fats, proteins, carbohydrates and it needs that to function." said Ray.

The event also free health screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar and bone density.

Marlene Noles, a Registered Nurse who also serves a Community Health Educator at Houston Health said recent statistics show that Houston County is does show some high risk factors.

"Our latest statistics show that we have 72 % percent of our population in the overweight category, 36% percent of those people are considered obese. We also know that we have fewer fold eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, those numbers have declined over the latest two assessments that were performed in the county." said Noles.

Health experts say improving individual health starts with good nutrition and exercise.

To learn more about events, classes and services available at Houston Health, be sure to visit the hospital's website.

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