According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all Americans will be obese by 2030. In other words, if you are pregnant right now, your future 18-year-old child has a nearly 50% chance that he/she will be obese.
We need to act now. As individuals. As parents, peer mentors and community leaders.
Our lives are made up of small choices that make us whole. Choices surround us: eat the donut or have oatmeal? Happy hour or the gym? Sleep or TV? Stairs or elevator? Organic or conventional? If we make poor choices most of the time, who are we?
We are role models to our friends, family and the rest of our community. If we pick the donut more often than not, we’re going to feel as hollow, round, and fat as the donut…barren of nutrients. Obesity leads to depression, disease and negativity. Misery loves company and those who are, wallow in it.
Choose life, I say! Making healthy choices most of the time makes us feel good. When we smile, people gravitate towards positive energy and we make more friends. If we all make better choices, think of how happy we can all be! Take the lead in your circle of friends by initiating a healthy lifestyle:
- Organize a weekly fitness happy hour: take a spin class with your best friends and catch up during the post-ride stretch.
- Research local farm-to-table restaurants in your area and patronize them versus national chain restaurants.
- Join a local CSA (community supported agriculture) and learn new recipes with new & interesting ingredients.
- Learn to chill out by taking a meditation or slow yoga class. Get in tune with your body!
- Volunteer to mentor less-fortunate youth: they need good people to look up to! You’ll both learn oodles from each other!
- Reach out to a friend in need and be a friend, indeed!