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Fan of Fitness: Cliff Baile

Clifton A. BaileThe University of Georgia launched a major, campus‐wide Obesity Initiative in January 2012 to help the state address its growing epidemic of childhood and adult obesity, as well as the increasing incidence of over weight infants. Dr. Baile, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Animal and Dairy Science and professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, along with the Offices of the Vice President for Research and Provost are leading the new UGA Obesity Initiative.

Obesity in Georgia

Georgia has one of the highest rates of obesity in the nation and is one of only seven states to have doubled itsrate of obesity in the past 15 years. One of every three adults in Georgia is obese, and another 37 percent of Georgia adults are overweight, bringing the combined level of overweight and obesity in adults above 65 percent. Furthermore, 40 percent of Georgia children are overweight or obese, and the steady increase in the number of overweight infants also is cause for alarm. Obese children have an 80 percent probability of being obese when they become adults.

Therefore  it is important to addresses adult and childhood obesity and its related diseases. Advances in research and efforts in outreach aim to improve the health of Georgia’s citizens and decrease the cost of health care in the state. Here’s what Dr. Baile has to say on the importance of a healthy lifestyle:

What motivates you to stay healthy?

I seldom have not had a regular exercise routine since playing competitive team sports during my early years in junior high, high school and college. I think it is one of the reasons that I didn’t miss a workday due to an illness during my first 45 years after joining the work force.

What do you enjoy most about exercising?

I do challenging workouts, which have resulted in tons of sweat over the years. I find the routines relaxing, and they act as stress reducer for the challenges endured each day. When I was younger, competitive sports were even more enjoyable.

What do you do to stay fit?

Dr. Bailey doing leg presses

I visit Ramsey every day (when I’m not traveling) and have a 5-day routine, which includes cardiovascular and weight training muscle groups, as well as balancing and core exercises. These workouts average about one hour.

How do you make time for exercise?

I give exercise a priority, and I can usually schedule time every day for a workout, even when traveling.

For more information on the UGA Obesity Initiative visit: obesity.uga.edu.