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Surgeon General: Parents set example for healthy living

Posted January 26, 2012
Updated January 30, 2012

— U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin visited Raleigh on Thursday to promote her vision for a healthy and fit nation. 

"Government can give you the information, we can give you the tools, we can make it easier, more affordable, but ultimately, the decision is yours to be more healthy," Benjamin said.

Benjamin, who is in town for the annual North Carolina State Health Director's Conference, works with federal and state agencies to find ways to encourage healthier lifestyles in order to lower the risk of chronic disease. 

Benjamin suggests reducing consumption of sugar-added drinks, eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, drinking more water and limiting television watching to two hours per day.

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Benjamin said parents play a key role.

"The parents have to be role models for their kids. They have to get outside and play with the kids too - and do and eat right with them. Show them examples," she said. 

Even short exercise breaks throughout the day burn calories. She said the only way people will make exercise routine in their lives is if it's something they look forward to.

"If you ask the average person, they want to be healthy, but it has to be fun. It has to be enjoyable," she said. 


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  • Z Man Feb 2, 2012

    Do we really pay her to tell us this? Anyone can see this is obviously common sense. We probably pay her $250k a year to state the obvious.

    Ya know I hate to hear this drivel because the only thing it'll do is open up lawsuits. Next thing you know your kid will file a lawsuit charging you failed to provide a good environment for them to grow up in. Darn I should have been a lawyer.

  • br549znc Feb 1, 2012

    She needs to practice what she preaches.

  • gopack10 Jan 30, 2012

    I am not bashing anyone for their appearance however I too cannot take this person seriously as the US Surgeon General!! I am really taken back by this!

  • claygriffith01 Jan 27, 2012

    I think this is a prank. Is she really advising people on how to be healthy and fit? Clearly that costume is from a Halloween store.

  • Oscar the Grouch Jan 27, 2012

    While I whole-heartedly agree with her statements, she should practice what she is preaching! I had no idea our surgeon general was overweight, nor that she wore a (general's?) uniform. I suppose the uniform is intended for her words to carry more 'weight'?

  • 27615 Jan 27, 2012

    who would of thought?!