Michelle Obama, First Lady since January 2009, has been putting his time in office to good use. Starting conversations with the White House garden, it has launched a campaign Let’s Move – take on the task of ending childhood obesity in the United States in a generation. Hardly modest goal, all children reach adulthood at a normal weight will take continued, comprehensive action by all sectors of society. In order, let’s move addresses parents, children, elected officials, schools, community leaders, and health care – every branch of society -. To ensure that everyone is doing their part
education about childhood obesity
Before anyone will be encouraged to take action, they need to understand it there is reason to do so. The first way Ms. Obama campaign targets apathy is simply educate the public on a desperate place that we’re Consider these alarming statistics :.
Over the past 30 years has been a tripling of overweight children in America, so that today 1 in 3 children are overweight (too much weight for height) or obese (too much body fat for height), and fact, 1 in 3 Americans. It is estimated that Americans today eat almost a third more calories day than they did in 1960, including an alarming amount of fat and sugar. So radical changes can not but damage the body. The risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, asthma, and many other conditions known to increase with obesity.
We can no longer let this is an individual matter. With the epidemic of obesity among our children, we all need to take responsibility to create a healthier environment. But instead of being overwhelmed by the responsibility, let’s Move campaign presents a clear, manageable steps to make healthy future possible.
Start Eating Healthy
by educating the problem, let’s Move campaign educates the public on the solution. The first step to a healthier lifestyle is figuring out how to eat right. The disturbing trend in recent decades stem from radical difference in how we eat and what we eat. Not only are the portion sizes out of control, but people are also often unaware of the quality (or poor quality) of the food they are eating. In short, people do not know what is good for them. And if adults are not informed, children are even less so. However, information is now more available than ever and it is parents and caregivers’ responsibility to get information and go to the details of the next generation.
The Food and Drug Administration, a government agency that regulates the food industry, requires most willing distributor of food (canned, boxed, score) to label their products with nutritional label that displays where the size, caloric content, and a lot of other information. In 2009, Director Dr. Margaret Hamburg announced several new projects for the FDA, including sending warning letters to companies that misrepresent their products and work with the food industry to introduce front-of-package labeling that allows consumers to make healthy choices, even more easily.
While labels help families be informed about the food they eat at home, the fact is that most people eat a large percentage of food outside the house. Whether from restaurants, schools, snack shops or vending machines, a lot of food does not come packaged with reliable information. But it is no longer an excuse. The US Department of Agriculture website provides clear and comprehensive information about the new Food Pyramid (updated from the old corn-on-the-bottom model adults aware), which describes the part of the balance day meal. Unlike the old version, Food Pyramid 2.0 includes the importance of exercise and again apport ejections of servings per day for each category of food. The sites and hundreds of others who provide information about the quality of food put healthy choices well within reach of all Americans.
Along with educating children and families on how to eat right, let’s Move campaign aims to make a tangible difference in helping schools forefront. With budgets tight schools across the nation, more and more junk food has made its way into the public school system and the bodies of our children, usually because it is cheap, convenient and long lasting. But the long-term costs of obesity are used (higher health care costs), cutting corners in childhood is no longer a viable option. School administrators and parents need to get involved and change decisions in schools so children can learn better while they are in school and live better but they are not.
Get People Active
Along with learning what to put into our bodies, Americans need to learn how to use their bodies to keep them in top form. USDA claims children and teenagers should get 60 minutes of exercise a day, while adults should have at least 30 on a regular basis. Most Americans are not living up to their standards, and some they seem unreachable. However, getting enough exercise today is only a matter of priorities. The average American child (18/08) spends 7.5 hours a day on entertainment media. Move campaign means let’s change that by activating families, schools and communities.
plan each family and lifestyle are different, so to build on further activities will look different in each case. For one family it may decide to go to somewhere that is less than a mile from home; for others, it could be a family tradition of four-square in the driveway. Opportunities to be active can be fun and build family togetherness. Do jumping jacks in the morning in your PJs, dancing around the kitchen to your favorite tracks, bicycles in the park, or see who can swing higher volatility. Kids love to be active, and they love it even more if they get to spend quality time with their parents. But even if you can not get the kid away from the screen, entertainment media has plenty of active options as well. Nintendo Wii Fit, or the popular Dance Dance Revolution, or even a simple YouTube videos as training with Daniel can get kids up and active without knowing of it.
Of course, a lot of days children spent in school, and schools are also responsible for building the movement into the plan, along with educating students on the importance of. Making physical education a priority, allowing time for recess, extend and support after school sports, and even incorporating physicality of schooling are all ways schools can help students be healthiest self. There is more research every day provides benefits of exercise on learning – a healthy body makes a healthy brain
Communities can encourage citizens to live healthy lives by building the infrastructure that supports it .. Bicycle paths, parks , safe routes to and from school, activity centers, and youth programs make exercise comfortable and attractive. Projects that make membership on teams cheaper, offer subsidies for athletic participation, academic or ill students on opportunities in the area all can have a positive impact on children’s lives.
help people take action
Because change can be overwhelming Let’s go has described “5 Simple Steps to Success” for each group it seeks to educate, parents, children, elected officials, schools, community leaders, health care providers and even chefs
For example, five step chefs are as follows :.
1) Sign Chefs Move to Schools initiative. This step encourages chefs to “adopt” a school and work within it to educate students, families and administrators about nutritious options and exciting new foods. Move LET website helps chefs find schools (and cooks) with interactive search map.
2) Take the HealthierUS School Challenge. Once the school has been approved, chefs can help schools should be HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSCC) School by meeting various criteria. The USDA Food and Nutrition Services site describes the incentives offered in schools that meet the requirements of
3) For more information about child nutrition programs .. To be effective in introducing schools, chefs can educate themselves about current child nutrition program and assess what can be improved.
4) Prep class. On the next side of the school, the chef has to ask good questions about what the goal of the school is and what the current production of her. Where does the food come from? What kind of equipment kitchens? Is menu need an overhaul?
5) Find recipes for success. Recipes for success are new ideas that have worked well. Whether chef all from somewhere else or think them up yourself, share ideas about the country can only help us build healthier schools faster.
Michelle Obama Let’s Move campaign sounds like an amazing idea. But that’s all it will ever be if the Americans do not take it personally and seriously. To ensure there will be movement and not just a slogan, there are clear ways to participate. And following the action steps in the action steps page, every citizen is invited to let go promise and receive email updates, participate in the Let’s Go Meetup regionally to plan activities and strategize site, and participate in activities of a healthier America, which focuses on mobilizing leadership sectors lead the way to health. Anyone can join the conversation on Facebook, as well as
Move campaign slogan LET childhood obesity can not be ignored. In the words of the pledge,
“We think every kid has the right to a healthy childhood. We can not let this be the first generation in history to grow up less healthy than their parents. The ingredients … better food + more activity … are clear. Let’s move is not only noble, it is a necessity. It is not just a slogan, it is our responsibility. “