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It’s time to face the facts of obesity. Today, people are not eating healthy and as a result it is affecting our health. It’s sad that children are being born with diabetes and nearly 40% of children are overweight or obese. Times are definitely changing and our culture has made the way we live so on-the-go and instant. Many people have so much on their plate and they opt for high calorie fast food options rather than home cooked meals. We no longer walk, we rely on quick means of transportation and rarely exercise our bodies. It is important that this issue is recognized and we be proactive with remedying the situation and help reverse this deadly trend.
The First Lady, Michelle Obama, recognizes this trend and has made it her mission to end childhood obesity and promote healthy eating. Obama started a crusade to support the end of obesity in children in our generation through her program Let’s Move! This exciting new program will help the American people with the support required for healthier foods in school, helping kids be more physically happy, support from kids parents to stay healthy and making healthy food choices available in every community. Finally, someone get’s that we are headed for a health disaster that is deadly!
The first lady started her career as an ambassador for community change and she still continues to work on issues that are close to her heart. These issues are:
- Supporting Military Families
- Helping working women balance career and family
- Encouraging national service
- Promoting the arts and arts education
- Fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families across the country.
I completely admire Obama’s tenacity and perseverance with establishing and pushing forward with Let’s Move! Obama has faced so much opposition with many Americans on the issue, when she should be receiving encouragement from the people who she is devoted to serving.
“In the end, as First Lady, this isn’t just a policy issue for me. This is a passion. This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition.”
– First Lady Michelle Obama
Let’s Move! is broken up into 5 different programs. Each program was creatively designed to attack specific areas that are crucial to fighting against childhood obesity and keeping our generation healthy.
1. Let’s Move Cities and Town’s
Obama realizes that each city and town is completely different and she understands that each city and town needs to attack childhood obesity differently. Her goal with this program is to focus on the issues on a local level and tailoring plans based on the individual City or Town.
Mayors and elected officials are expected to sign up as a Let’s Move! City or Town and make changes in specific areas over a 12 month span. The areas expected to change are:
- Reducing the risk of childhood obesity
- Providing healthy food in schools
- Improving access to healthy and affordable food choices
- Promoting more physical activity
2. Chef’s Move to School
Over 40 million children participate in their school’s breakfast or lunch program, therefore it is important to make changes in these programs in order to fight obesity. With the help of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Let’s Move! hand picks chef’s and partners them with school districts to help schools improve on their nutrition options.
The schools that do their best to implement new recipes and techniques for healthy meal options will not only be recognized by the U.S. Government, but they will receive monetary incentives to reward they’re program. Children are at schools for most of their day and some of the burden rests on the school system to persuade children’s eating habits, which can help make nutrition fun and appealing to students.
How you can help –> Get involved and visit here.
3. Let’s Move Faith and Communities
Obama knows that people are learning lessons through many faith and community based environments. Her goal is to work in conjunction with these organizations and partner to end childhood obesity.
How you can help –> Help inspire healthy eating through your faith/community organizations. Visit here for more information on how to get involved.
4. Let’s Move Outside
One of Obama’s primary goals is for people to improve their obesity issues through physical and mental health. Through the help of the Department of Interior, Let’s Move! created a theme of taking advantage of the great outdoors, and the program’s Junior Rangers promote healthy outdoor activities in 50 U.S. national parks.
How you can help –> Get involved and go here to figure out where to go in the great outdoors, what to bring and what to do while your there.
5. Let’s Move in the Clinic
With this program, healthcare professionals take a direct approach,with each encounter with patients, in helping to understand the importance of eating healthy and increasing physical activity.
How you can help –> If you’re a health care professional click here and find out how you could promote healthy living.
Let’s Move! program has a wide variety of programs that are of value, but one particular part of the program and what I loved most about the First Ladies efforts is the commitment she obtained from large food retailers to bring more fresh produce, healthy choices and affordable foods to low-income neighborhoods.
Michelle Obama is going though great measures to fight childhood obesity and persuade a nation that this is a cause worth fighting for. Obama is amazing and her efforts should be noticed. I challenge you to take the information presented and do your part to change you or your child’s life. I am ready to do my part, so Let’s Move!