Yesterday, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, announced an all out blitz on obesity in America with a special emphasis on childhood obesity. Could this be the start of something significant? ( Click here to see one of the hundreds of articles covering the story.)
Education is needed.
Before the newly crowned First Lady of Fitness can actually make a difference, everyone, including Mrs. Obama, needs to be educated on the difference between weight loss and true fitness. Using total weight loss as the “end all be all” metric for determining the state of health for Americans and their children will eventually lead to major disappointment. That’s because we not only need to change our lifestyle, but also our understanding of what a healthy lifestyle actually is.
There is a lot of misinformation out there available to the public. But have you noticed that the focus on weight loss all these years hasn’t made a positive difference in our culture or society? Have you ever wondered why? Again, weight loss is not the answer.
Mrs. Obama can push from the “pulpit” as she said, but what is the message we want to send? Something to keep watch on over the coming weeks as this story and initiative spreads quicker then the Swine Flu.
One of the messages that the First Lady pushed in her meeting with Mayors from all over the country is that they need to get their communities involved. That’s a good thing. Some of them have already begun to do this on their own. Take for instance Mayor Mick Cormett of Oklahoma City. Over a year ago, he realized the need to literally change the shape of his community as it was ranked among the top overweight cities in the country. So, he put the city on a diet and launched a full scale initiative to lose 1 million pounds. Take a look for yourself: www.okcmillion.com
This spawned a chain reaction of several cities in Oklahoma following suit and embarking on their own “get active” initiatives. However, more recently, the group behind the scenes putting it all together, Healthy and Fit Communities realized it needed to change it’s methods if it truly wanted to make a difference.
In the summer of 2009, HFC adopted the Unified Lifestyle principles, led by celebrity trainer Grant Roberts. These 10 UL Principles promote a well balanced lifestyle that focuses on lowering body composition rather than body weight. With the new foundation laid deep within the HFC family of cities, the organization has grown exponentially and now has over 20 cities lined up to begin their campaign to a Unified Lifestyle and healthier community.
Mrs. Obama, we salute your efforts and your passion but hope that a nationwide re- education takes place or else we’ll be talking about this same subject when our children’s children are alive.
For more information about how your community can get involved, log on to www.healthyandfitcommunities.com
For more information on how your child’s school can do something about childhood obesity, visit www.healthystudentbodies.com