It's nothing new to hear that Americans are more overweight than fit, but a new research report by George Washington University has put dollar figures to it. The annual cost, they figured, for an obese woman is $4,879 a year in lower pay, additional health care, loss productivity and, in case you hadn't heard, extra gasoline.
It seems fitting that these depressing stats should come out the week before National Women's Health and Fitness Day. On Saturday, September 25 communities around the USA will be hosting events to get the word out to women that health and fitness is critical. Every year, they shout out their call to action: regular physical activity.
We know it's important for a woman's physical and mental health to exercise. Spread the word.