Thursday, February 17, 2011

Let's Move

This week I’d like to talk about a couple of my favorite websites. First one up: Let's Move
This website is part of a nationwide initiative to promote healthy choices, improve the quality of food in schools, increase access to healthy food, and so much more!
In particular, the Let’s Move campaign is raising a fight against the obesity epidemic in America. According to a national survey of health behaviors and nutrition, 66 percent of American adults are considered overweight or obese, with obesity rates alone in excess of 32 percent (Donatelle, 2009). Take a look at these CDC images to see how this epidemic has grown over the past 20 years:

This CDC graphic is a bit surprising and shocking isn't it?! Why has this happened? In part this is due to changes in pattern of food consumption. For instance, caloric intake: “In total, we are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago–including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners” (Let’s Move, 2010).
Lack of exercise can also take part of the blame: Data from the National Health Interview Survey shows that four in ten adults in the United States never engage in any exercise, sports, or physically active hobbies in their leisure time. (Donatelle, 2009)
In addition, technology has certainly changed the way we spend our time: The average American child spends more than 7.5 hours a day watching TV and movies, using cell phones and computers for entertainment, and playing video games (Let’s Move, 2010).
The Let’s Move campaign is addressing these problems on multiple levels. Their website has a wealth of information about nutrition and physical activity with simple steps to take action. The resources on this sight are abundant and easy to use. They even include tools for getting involved in the campaign and spreading the word in your community.
Here’s an example:

As you can see, the Let’s Move campaign includes everyone. Honestly, I just can’t say enough about this excellent campaign! Please check it out today and spread the word:

Nancy Silva, ND
Faculty, Health and Wellness Department
Kaplan University

References
Donatelle, R. (2009). Health: The basics (8th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.
Let’s Move. (2010). Learn the Facts. Retrieved December 27, 2010, from http://www.letsmove.gov/

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