CDC says 1 in 3 adults eats fast food every day; are you one of them?

PADUCAH — A new study released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 1 in 3 adults eats fast food every day.

Julie and Kyle Burpo say it’s all about convenience. They lead very busy lives with their jobs and two kids.

The two don’t have time to pack their lunches, so they meet every Wednesday for a lunch date.

“It’s just a little bit more convenient, and its just a little bit more fun to get out of the office and enjoy the weather.” Kyle says.

They try to keep the fast food to three times a week and buy healthy menu options for themselves and their kids when they can.

“You can get a salad,” Julie says. “I like to get a fried chicken salad, too, sometimes.”

They don’t have much time to exercise during the week, but they try to squeeze in a walk whenever they can.

Some things you can do to be more active include taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking your car farther away from entrances to get more walking in.

Energy Fitness personal trainer Linda Conn says for a healthy body, focus on these three things: strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and healthy eating habits.

Conn says eating habits are the most important element.

“I do believe you can come in here and do cardio on, and on, and on, and if you don’t make changes in your eating habits, it’s still going to be very tough to see the results you’re wanting to see,” Conn says.

She also says to try to choose healthier options and check the added sugar and sodium content of foods, because calorie counts alone can be misleading.

But, don’t be afraid to indulge from time to time.

“Sometimes it can be just as fun as the dinner table,” Kyle says about getting fast food. “And you can enjoy the same experience, just in a different setting. You know, you get tired of being indoors, so you get out and about. You just want to get out of the house.”

For recipes and other ways to make healthier choices, click here and here.

If you want to do some exercises at home, here are some ideas.

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