It is crucial that we work to diversify our definition of health. Rather than encouraging good eating and exercise habits for the sole purpose of losing weight, we should encourage them to improve future health.
The ninth annual Cardinal Walk will take place this Friday, on March 8 from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Cardinal Walk is a 1.5-mile walk around campus intended to promote health and fitness among the Stanford community. Different from last year, the walk will start in Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation (ACSR) instead of the Stanford Stadium.
Researchers at Stanford and the University of Michigan recently found that an insurance policy that offered lower rates for obese customers who participated in a walking program was successful in getting these patients to exercise more.
I am not a physiology or nutrition expert, nor am I an “athlete.” I would like to begin with this disclaimer to dispel any notion that I am attempting to market myself as such. I am simply your average twenty-something female who developed a passion for health and a penchant for clean eating. My adventures in the fitness world have been hindered by obstacles ranging from my own ignorance to misinformation, from prejudices to dining hall inflexibilities and from social pressures to the strains of college life.