I love this movement!
I am a huge proponent of healthy eating, though every once and awhile I will splurge during holidays and other special events, as you can tell from some of the recipes presented. Nonetheless, I do believe that this country has an insatiable “appetite” for overeating. We drown our pain, boredom, happiness, or sadness by eating. Whatever emotion we have we some how connect that to our stomachs and all of a sudden that size 4 skirt just does not fit like it did last month. (Wait, this isn’t a confessional).
But why continue to torture ourselves? Make the pledge with me to move! Get active get healthy! Honestly, what do you have to lose, beside a pound, or two, or three, or…. And it is not like you will miss all that weight!
First Lady Obama has sparked a national healthy lifestyle campaign and she needs our help to promote the cause. The Let’s Move! movement is attacking one of this country’s greatest epidemics: Child Obesity! We must put our foot down and say, “You will not have my child.” We must give our children a chance to live the active, happy, healthy life that they deserve!
According to the American Heart Association the percentages of children and young adults, age ranking 2-19 , that are obese are (categorized by ethnic groups) as follows:
- Non-Hispanic whites, 31.9% of males and 29.5% of females
- Non-Hispanic blacks, 30.% of males and 39.2% of females
- Mexican Americans, 40.8% of males and 35.0% of females
Now let’s not get hung up over the obvious racial disparities. But let’s consider that our children, America’s children, are being given the short end of the stick, and arguing the racial breakdown does not move us forward. That said, these numbers are just shocking!
The Let’s Move website (www.letsmove.gov) purports, “Childhood obesity or excess weight threatens the healthy future of one third of American children. We spend $150 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions, and that number is growing.” One third of America’s future is down the drain if we do not fix this problem now.
So what can you do to begin your transition to healthy living?
The AHA gives us simple beginner steps that we can follow:
- Reduce caloric intake. Highly restrictive diets that forbid favorite foods are likely to fail.
- Becoming more active is widely recommended. Increased physical activity is common in all studies of successful weight reduction. Create an environment that fosters physical activity
- Parents’ involvement in modifying overweight children’s behavior is important.
- Parents who model healthy eating and physical activity can positively influence their children’s health.
That said, Vegetarian Lifestyle will be following the Let’s Move campaign and promoting recipes that will support healthy eating. That means clean and natural recipes that will do our bodies good. So follow us and treat yourself to a healthy lifestyle!