Obesity being a large problem in our society today, the Let’s Move campaign was kicked off by The First Lady, Michelle Obama in effort to solve these issues. The idea promotes a healthy lifestyle for kids. If we teach our children the importance of health and exercise, it will eventually being a good habit.
There are five pillars of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative:
- Creating a healthy start for children
- Empowering parents and caregivers
- Providing healthy food in schools
- Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
- Increasing physical activity
I was very impressed with the amount of information and changes that the campaign put forth. Consumers can learn a lot about staying healthy just from looking at the Let’s Move! website. As a health advocate, I strongly promote this health first initiative. We are a growing nation of processed foods and coach potatoes. There is more to life than just video games and McDonald’s McNuggets. If we educate our youth from an early age, they will learn good eating and fitness habits.
This movement has delivered over 2,000 salad bars to schools across the country since 2006. Why are we letting our kids that eating unhealthy foods continue to damage their insides. October is National Farm to School Month, and October 11th is a day to celebrate all of schools in the United States that encourage products from farms, dairies, and ranches in their own communities at their salad bar in the school. These changes are important to acknowledge in order to keep the number of healthy choices in schools growing.
Families that promote at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, five times a week is also a part of the Let’s Move! campaign. Instead of sitting in front of our iPads and iPhones, lets move around and play some games! Hey adults! This goes for you too! As you get older, and the less moving around you do, your body will start to dwindle as you don’t you muscles as often. For optimal results, you will need at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, five days out of the week. Even just taking a walk with a friend for a half hour. It can also be stress relieving!
I love the concept of this initiative. People need to become more aware of what they are putting in their bodies..or not putting in their bodies in order for them to function properly. Your body is your sanction, keep it healthy and keep it strong, because at the end of the day, you are worth it.
I encourage everyone to go to the Let’s Move! website and learn more about leading a healthy lifestyle.