The weather is getting warmer and more and more people are heading outdoors to get into shape.
Even if you can't afford a personal trainer or a nutritionist, doctors say you can live a healthier lifestyle.
More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Dr. Robert Bush is a family practitioner with Horizons Diagnostics. He says he's had patients come off cholesterol lowering medications and high blood pressure meds by making lifestyle changes.
He says start walking for thirty minutes a day at least five days a week
And try to stay away from cholesterol-containing foods.
"You need to watch the beef and the pork, the red meats, eat more chicken, fish, turkey and stay away from the cheese, eggs, yolk of the eggs is what contains the cholesterol," says Dr. Bush.
Other tips, margarine instead of butter, and cooking with olive oil.
If you want to avoid diabetes, ditch the white foods, the potatoes, pasta, and white breads.
Karen Bullock of Columbus lost 87 pounds by first going on Weight Watchers about 7 years ago and sticking to healthier choices.
She used to a lot of fried foods and drink a lot of soft drinks. Now she eats fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, and drinks a lot of water.
She also keeps active.