Obesity in children is an epidemic and it needs to be stopped. Our children do not deserve this. As an adult I know the bad choices I am making but I am also able to change those choices and work towards something healthier. Children just have to take what is in front of them and aren't the managers of their time or health. Did you know that 57% of Colorado adults and 27% of our children are overweight or obese? Eek! Friends, lets work on this - I am IN!
Facts about Youth Nutrition:
- 30% of Colorado communities lack access to healthy food retail options[xv]
- In 2009, $1.7 billion was spent on marketing unhealthy foods and drinks to U.S. kids, compared to just $280 million promoting healthy food to kids.[xvi]
- A recent survey showed that 55% of Colorado middle- and- high school and middle school students had not eaten a single serving of fruits or vegetables over the past seven days.[xvii]
The solution is pretty obvious - we need to focus our attention on our schools. Our kids spend most of their day in school. As I have to give up a bit of control knowing what Jude is doing every day in school I do know that I can control what is put in his lunch box. As I discussed a few days ago, our school lunch program at our very small private school is lacking big time. They literally just order in food from close fast food joints. Yikes. Not great for our kiddos!
Thankfully my solution is packing a healthy well rounded lunch for Jude every day but for the families that cannot provide that for their children are really the ones being hurt. We are failing them.
The No More 24 campaign from LiveWell Colorado has a great opportunity for our children. This campaign would help promote the importance of healthier meals, longer recesses and not cutting P.E. classes.
What Can You Do?
- Take the pledge - sign the No More 24 Campaign here
- Talk to your PTO/PTA groups to come up with a solution
- Volunteer to clean and fix any local playgrounds; including your school
- At least 30 minutes of physical activity each day in school for all students
- Volunteer to organize an after school Physical Activity program
- Talk to your city council members about your concerns
- Do research for your school to come up with a new lunch program/menu
- Ask friends, family and other community members for ideas on how to combat this obesity issue
- Talk to your local Rec Center for ideas and programs
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LiveWell Colorado . The opinions and text are all mine.