In our society, nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese; adults ring in at 68.8% being either overweight or obese. American families are expanding each year – and I’m not talking about the number of members within the family. In the last three decades alone, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Many programs have been established to beat this epidemic, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, and the “NFL Play 60″ program in which we share the ambitious and important goal: to eliminate the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation.
Beating obesity begins at home through educating adults about healthy lifestyles including a healthy diet, and encouraging families to establish or participate in physical fitness activities for the entire family.
By providing an activity that individuals actually enjoy, we are able to maximize the potential for change in our society beginning with our youth and setting the pace so that as they grow and mature into adults, those healthy habits and lifestyle may carry forward.
Each and every one of us needs a minimum of sixty minutes each and every day of physical activity incorporating multiple forms of activity with aerobic exercise – working our cardiovascular system.
There are plenty of opportunities to help reduce the risk of obesity in children and adults. By finding an activity that works for each member of the family independently or as a family unit, we can truly make a difference and reduce this staggering number and deadly potential for disease and illness in our children.
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