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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Make Colorado #1 - LiveWell Colorado: No More 24

We are often so focused on healthy options, skinny recipes, new exercise trends and weight loss tips just for adults but the fact is, the obesity epidemic isn't just an issue for adults but also for our precious kiddos. Being a Colorado native I know how proud Colorado is of their healthy stats and lifestyle but the facts aren't lying. Did you know that Colorado kids rank 24th out of all 50 states for kids’ physical activity? Doesn't seem to match up when Colorado we know that Colorado has an average of 300 days of sunshine!
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The No More 24 campaign from LiveWell Colorado is a great initiative that has a goal of pushing that number to the top!  Our kids deserve that!  So, why do I think we are seeing the number 24 rather than the number 1?  Barriers.  Yes, maybe the same or similar excuses that us adults find ourselves using.  

As parents we have the responsibility of helping our children make healthy food choices and engaging them in activity every day.  But most us have children that attend school during the day which means we are not the only people caring for our kids.  The cut backs on P.E. classes, less and less recess time and unhealthy school lunches are showing.  These barriers are becoming a larger issue in our children's prime learning time.  

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1/4 of our kids in Colorado are overweight or obese.  How sad and scary.  But the question is - how do we change that percentage and focus on the facts and numbers in front of us? 

Our biggest barrier with our children is that we have decided to use a school that is not walking distance from our home so we do not have the opportunity to have that walk to and from school which is a great addition to any child's day.  Another barrier we are seeing this year is our school lunch program.  Like I said, our school is a choice school and there is not a school lunch program that we feel good about using.  Due to short staff (private school) and no school kitchen facility this school brings in lunches from fast food places every week.  The option and ease is nice for us busy parents but honestly, the choices are not good for our children.  





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I am unbelievably thankful for the activities like Field Day that my children have been able to participate in and as they get older they will have other fun extra-curricular activities to sign up for but for now, I would love to see an improvement on the P.E. classes and expectations in the beautiful state of Colorado. 24 seems like a good number but it isn't what our children in Colorado deserve.

As a daughter of a P.E. teacher this next statistic totally floors me - Colorado is one of only four states where physical education is not a required part of the state’s commitment to health!!  WHAT!!!???  

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So, how do Coloradans get involved and see a change?   Take the pledge with LiveWell Colorado and help see a change in our children.  By signing this No More 24 pledge you are helping find a solution with the lack of physical activity provided for our kids, saving P.E. in schools, and making walking and biking easier.  

You can learn more about this great pledge here.  

We are signing the pledge for our crazy kiddos, Jude and Teagan. 

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Who are you signing for?

Join me in signing the pledge to end childhood obesity at NoMore24.org!!


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LiveWell Colorado . The opinions and text are all mine.

7 comments:

  1. That's such a brilliant pledge. Here in the UK, Government testing means that our children are getting less and less physical exercise and it's so frustrating that we as parents have no power to change what happens in schools. We do always walk to school though which is just over a mile away, and they play in the garden after school on the trampoline and so on. At the weekends we live equal distances from the forest and the beach, but still, in the week it's hard to get enough exercise in. Our school meals are awful - I used to teach and the canteen was full of disgusting choices :/

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  2. Healthy adults begin with healthy children. With the popularity of technology and gaming it is no wonder that our children don't get out and do more. This is a great pledge and campaign. We definitely need a change!

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  3. I would love to see schools adapt a new approach to the child obesity epidemic. I recently saw a new story that highlighted a school that had longer recess times and they found that the students' grades and attitudes greatly improved. Our kids NEED to be outside and active.

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  4. These are great steps. Reducing fast food and just playing actively outside are huge! When I was growing up, fast food was a special treat. Nowadays, it's everywhere and all the time. We try to limit our kids screen time too so they go play. With all the sunshine, Colorado would be a fun place to play outside! Good luck on your campaign!

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  5. What an awesome campaign! It can be so hard at times to stay up with the food and nutrition of our kids once they get into school but being aware is the first and biggest step. I love field days and our school has other activities like running and such. Staying active is an awesome way to fight obesity.

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  6. Oh wow! I would never have guessed that about Co kids. We always think of Colorado as an "outdoors" state and assume that everyone is in great shape. I love this campaign for shedding light on the truth and working to fix it.

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  7. I am curious where our state falls. This is a great campaign, I fully believe being aware and making commitments with your family to make good healthy choices is important. My husband is great about getting our boys outside and really moving outside.

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