Benefits for Adults

Why is this program needed for adults?9

Obesity: More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese.
More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 36 percent).

Cardiovascular Disease: The leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Nearly 787,000 people in the U.S. died from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in 2011. That’s about one in every three deaths in America.

Diabetes: 29 million people in the United States (9.3 percent) have
diabetes. 1.7 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2012. Non-Hispanic black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native adults are about twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as a non-Hispanic, white adult.

**The source for the health statistics is the association’s 2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update, which is compiled annually by the American Heart Association, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Institutes of Health and other government sources.

What is my role as the Organizer for Clap4Health!℠ ?

  • Share the vision of the program by being an active voice and by encouraging participation and getting your corporation/organization involved.
  • Involve your organization, employees, and the community in this
  • Explain how the employees will be rewarded for participating.
  • Launch this fundraising program at your organization so that everyone will have fun while clapping and learning about healthy habits that last a lifetime!

Shape Up US is a 501c3 non-profit corporation is dedicated to preventing obesity and empowering children and families to lead healthier, happier lives. Shape Up US provides teachers, children, parents and communities at large with educational tools to create healthy, lifelong habits to improve their overall wellness. With a focus on cardiovascular health, physical exercise, nutrition, and mental and emotional well-being, we accomplish our mission of building healthy futures for our children through a three- pronged approach of: AWARENESS! EDUCATION! ACTION!


Staggering Statistics and Helpful Resources9

Adult Obesity:

  • Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight
  • Research shows that the condition of obesity increases with age. Around 28% of men and 27% of women aged 16-24 are obese in the world. But, about 76% of men and 68% of women between 55 and 64 of ages are obese.

Adult Cardiovascular Disease:

  • About 800,000 people die of heart disease in the US every year.
  • That is 1 in every 4 deaths
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women
  • More than half of the deaths due to heart disease were in men

Adult Diabetes:

  • Diabetes is the 5th deadliest disease in the US
  • Nearly 21 million children and adults in the U.S., or 7% of the population, have diabetes. Another 54 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts them at serious risk for developing type 2 diabetes. can_use/diabetes–fifth-deadliest-disease-in-us

Obesity Medical Costs:

  • The estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related illness are a staggering $190.2 billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States. Childhood obesity alone is responsible for $14 billion in direct medical costs. (Economic Costs of Obesity/Healthy Communities for Healthy Future)

Cardiovascular Disease Medical Costs:

  • DAnnually, about one in every six U.S. healthcare dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease. By 2030, annual direct medical costs associated with cardiovascular diseases are projected to rise to more than $818 billion, while lose productivity costs could exceed $275 billion.

Diabetes Medical Costs for Young People:

  • The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 is $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity
  • The Cost of Diabetes: American Diabetes Association®