Champions for Health: Nutrition - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

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Obesity is a national epidemic and Alabama is the second fattest state in the country. The average person needs 2000 to 2500 calories a day. Champions read the menu and know how many calories they're eating in each meal.

Nutrition labels are taking the guesswork out of making healthier choices when eating out. While it's probably no surprise that a bacon double cheeseburger isn't the healthiest item on the menu, it may come as a shock that items like salads and smoothies can be even higher in saturated fat and calories. How many of us would guess that a chicken Caesar salad could have more than 800 calories? That's more calories than a 6-inch steak and cheese sub sandwich.

Obesity is a national epidemic and Alabama is the second fattest state in the country. You don't have to be an athlete to be physically active. Look around your environment and find easy ways to get moving every day. Walk or bike to school or work or just get outside and play tag with your kids. Jefferson County has lots of places to get active and an opportunity to have even more with a new network of greenways.

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