Wow – there are a few disturbing stories out in the news today and also some very useful ones!
First I’ll start with the disturbing stories and get out my rants:
- Congress Blocks New Rules on School Lunches (NY Times Article) – I know that things in politics are complicated. But we’ve got to do something about school meals. They haven’t changed in 15 years. Have you noticed what’s happened to our kids in the last 15 years? Sadly, childhood obesity is a serious problem. Our kids today are not going to live longer lives than we will. That’s a pretty sad legacy we’re leaving.
- Americans Are Expected to Keep Getting Heavier (NPR Story) – It is reported that if trends continue as they are now, 83% of men and 72% of women will be overweight or obese by 2020. One cardiologist reported that the reduction in Americans’ cancer risk from people who have quit smoking, lowered their cholesterol, and lowered their blood pressure will be canceled out because of the increase in weight, diabetes and pre-diabetes. And let me remind you about how excess weight and diabetes impacts risk for cancer.
We’ve got to DO SOMETHING!
This is not just a problem for people who are overweight, or obese. This is a problem for society. Did you notice that health care costs are rising? How can we keep those costs down? By lowered disease risk for everyone!
How can our country lower that risk? We help people make good choices. There are many ways to do that and it’s not just about people having the self discipline to “make the right choice”. It’s about all of us trying to stack the deck so that it’s EASY and FUN to make the right choice.
- Do you serve healthy foods for friends and family at home meals, church or work events?
- Do you give kids junk food for treats?
- Do you choose to socialize while being physically active instead of socializing around TV, video games or food?
- Do you give kids toys that encourage them to be active?
- Do you encourage your community to make sure that EVERYONE has easy access to grocery stores or farmer’s markets that offer quality produce? (Yes – that’s everywhere in town!)
- Do you pay more for quality food products? Your dollar makes a difference.
- Do you pack your lunch and your kids lunch? Here’s some tips for packing healthy lunches your kids will eat. I guess that means they are probably good ideas for what you would eat too!
I could go on… and on… and on! But the point is, please, please, please: For the health of our country, your neighbor, friend, kid, grandkid… DO SOMETHING!
Here’s my challenge to you. Let’s start right at home.
This challenge will start with Holiday Season 2011! The challenge is to NOT GAIN the usual 5 – 15 pounds during the holiday season. NOT GAINING is like losing it in the first 3 months of 2012…. only easier! It’s the easiest weight loss plan you’ve ever tried!
Need to become more educated about holiday eating? Check out this article/quiz on how to cut 1,000 calories from Thanksgiving. Or check out this article on holiday party strategies to avoid overeating.
Maybe we can keep it going to 2020. Because if we all ‘DON’T GAIN‘, then we WON’T have 83% of men overweight or obese in 2020.
For more rants, articles and tips, be sure to my facebook page! Next time, I’ll share some tips on holiday eating to keep you motivated to succeed in the DON’T GAIN challenge!
Thanks for listening!