Health, Wellness, and Fitness with Dr. Catherine Ronaghan

Health, Wellness, and Fitness with Dr. Catherine Ronaghan


(Music) Hey kids, I’m Doctor Catherine Ronaghan. I’m really excited to be here talking to you today about … health, wellness, fitness, things you can do now to keep from being like this guy later. So, I’m a surgeon. What the heck does that mean?
Well, that means that I cut out bad parts. And you think: OOh, that’s terrible.
You would be amazed at all the bad parts people are carrying around. And you think to yourself, “Why are they carrying around these bad parts?”
Well, this is what we’re gonna cover today.
In particular, I’m a cancer surgeon. So, for a lot of years I’ve been helping folks through cancer. And, you will not believe how much cancer we’re seeing now.
And so, that caused me to begin to look a number of years ago.
Why are people developing so much cancer? And, why are so many kids and young people developing cancer?
Well as it turns out, it has a lot to do with what we’re gonna be talking about today.
It has do with: HOW you take care of your body; WHAT you put in, and WHAT you surround yourself with, and HOW you move.
So, that’s basically what we’re going to be covering today.
If you had to guess: How healthy are you today? I bet all of you would think: “OOh, no. I’m young. I’m really healthy.” Guess again.
Incidence of Diabetes … Sugar Diabetes in kids your age – Skyrocketing.
So whereas you may THINK you’re healthy, it’s VERY LIKELY … just because of what we eat, how we move or don’t move … you may be already working on high blood pressure, diabetes, and just a state of chronic inflammation in your body that will predispose you to cancer, heart attacks, many other serious diseases.
So, think about that. Ask yourself this question: How healthy are you?
And then, we’ll review that again at the end of the session.
You’ll get healthy and stay healthy by making wise choices, moving, and eating well.
Overall Wellness takes some time each day, but it’s well worth it.
Trust me.
It’s the most efficient and safest thing you can do to keep that body of yours healthy for a lifetime.
I also encourage you to find friends that have similar health, fitness, and wellness goals, so you can participate in activities together.
It’s always a lot easier to achieve a goal if you work together.
So, now let’s look at Chapter One in your textbook. It describes the Six Parts of Health Related Fitness that are necessary for optimum fitness. Let’s first look at Strength and Body Composition. You have six hundred and forty muscles in your body, and if you don’t work those muscles, the old adage is very true: “If you don’t use it, you loose it.”
Keeping your muscles healthy and strong not only increases your metabolic rate so you are able to work off calories better – you burn more calories – but, it’s also very important in preventing injuries.
So, Strength, Body Composition, and Power.
This all relates to your muscles and nerves.
So, that’s number one, two, and three of the Six Parts of Health Related Fitness.
Number four, again, is Muscular Endurance. These are all kind of interrelated. So, the next component of overall health is Cardiorespiratory Endurance. And, that’s very important as well.
These are your lungs, your heart and your blood vessels. So, if you don’t have healthy lungs – that is you’re smoking something – any kind of smoke that you’re inhaling into your lungs is not good. So, you’ve got to keep your lungs healthy, because that’s essential for getting adequate oxygen to the rest of your body.
And if you don’t exercise your heart – it’s a very important muscle – meaning you get your heart rate up every day a few times a day, then your heart will not have the endurance that it needs. So, Cardiorespiratory Endurance – another very important component of the Six Parts of Health Related Fitness.
So, the sixth part of Health Related Fitness is Flexibility. So I’m talking about your bones, your ligaments, etc. When you’re born you have 270 bones.
As you grow up, some of them fuse together, so you end up with 206.
They’re all connected by ligaments and various things, and your joints work to keep you flexible. A very important point in here is maintaining a good, dense bone. So, when you think about … You know, a lot of people think … Well, these are just the genes I was dealt.
These are the genes I got from my Mom and my Dad. Nothing I can do about it.
Well, guess what? What happens to you … Your state of health … whether or not you get sick … whether or not you develop diseases … you have 80% of control over that.
So, your genetic make-up … 20% you can’t do anything about.
80% of it you can make the difference, because our genes respond to … the environment.
They respond to what you’re putting in – how you’re eating, how you’re exercising.
So, you have a lot of control.
One very important point about that is smoking, drugs, and alcohol.
I mean I’m just a passive little being going about my business. But, there’s a lot you can do. As a matter of fact, you can have large control over what kind of health you have, or disease states you have in your life.
So, it’s extremely important to understand that.
Let me just end with a couple of of take-home points: Number One: If you’re healthy, you know you’re eating well, that is spectacular! You’ve got no bad habits like smoking, drinking, drug use. Excellent! If you aren’t, then hopefully you’ll take a moment to say: OOh wait a minute,”
Do I want to be a broken, really sick, forty year old?
So, stay away from heavily processed foods, get about, move about have friends, have fun.
Because, it’s important to have fun. That helps you.
That helps you lose weight. That helps your mind. Its helps you not be depressed with all this other stuff that’s going on, trying to get into college, school, whatever. And, then you’ll be ninety years old and bungee jumping.
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