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Health &

Losing weight isn’t just about a number on a scale,

it’s about gaining better health, and living your best life.

By participating in Lighten Up Calloway, you have already taken the first step to healthier choices,
becoming more active, and learning more about your health.


Lighten Up Calloway hopes to provide you with resources and healthy tips
that will help you on your journey to a healthier you.


  • The health benefits of physical activity are generally independent of body weight. The good news for people needing to lose weight is that regular physical activity 
    provides major health benefits, no matter how their weight changes over time.

  • The best physical activity is the one that is enjoyable enough to do regularly.

  • "Inactive adults" or those who don't do 150 minutes of physical activity a week should work gradually toward this goal. The initial amount of activity should be for short periods of time, with the sessions spread throughout the week. The good news is that "some is better than none."

  • When adults cannot do 150 minutes of activity a week because of chronic conditions, they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.

  • Older adults should do exercises that maintain or improve balance if they are at risk of falling.

  • People gain some health benefits even when they do as little as 60 minutes a week of physical activity.

  • Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily.

  • When adults do the equivalent of 150 minutes each week, the benefits are substantial. These benefits include lower risk of premature death, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and depression.

  • Adults should determine their level of effort for physical activity relative to their level of fitness.

  • Regular physical activity is essential for healthy aging. Adults aged 65 years and older gain substantial health benefits from regular physical activity, and these benefits continue to occur throughout their lives. Promoting physical activity for older adults is especially important because this population is the least physically active of any 
    age group.

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