Turn on any media outlet over the last few weeks and the big (no pun intended) headliner is on Obesity and Exercise.
What I don’t understand is why this is only making top headlines now.
Perhaps it’s because we are into December, and you all know what happens in January. The traditional “New Year’s Resolutions.”
(But, let me leave this topic for another blog before I get away from what I wanted to discuss today).
In case you do not live in Canada, $2,000,000,000.00 is currently being spent in our medial system, due to the rising cost of Obesity in patients.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t even image that amount of money, heck, now that I come to think of it, I have a hard time even imagining what $1,000,000.00 looks like.
Okay, if math is not your skill, I’m going to break it down for you.
Currently our population in Canada is over 35,000,000. For argument sake, I am going to use this number for my calculations.
- 1 out of every 4 Adults are obese; that’s 8,750,000 adults
- 1 out of every 5 Kids are obese; that’s 7,000,000 kids
If the government opened up a bank account, and made each obese adult pay into this account, they would need to contribute $228.57/year.
If every single person in Canada would contribute, then the cost would be $57.14/per person/year.
Now do I have your attention?
Where do we begin?
I believe Kathleen Wynne has very good intentions of wanting to change the school systems with her initiative to include 60 min. of physical exercise/day in schools. Changes do begin with our children, and I love this idea, however, I must argue that it also needs to happen in our homes.
For our minds to be sharp in education, we need to exercise our bodies. This creates good blood flow, burns off stress, and yes, unfortunately kids have more stress these days than ever before. Studies have shown that brain activity increases after we partake in physical exercise.
Personally I strongly believe that part of this exercise initiative needs to include education on healthy eating habits. I mean, what use is 60 min. of physical exercise/day when a child is going to sit down and eat a lunch full of junk food! Yes, it’s true that any kind of exercise is better than no exercise, but really.
I have been in classrooms at lunch time and am appauled by what I see kids eating. What ever happened to homemade lunches with nutritional rich foods. Now days I see pre-packaged sodium filled lunch packs, and sugar laced foods. No wonder teachers are telling me their students are falling asleep in the classroom and can’t think. Talk about sugar crash and dehydrated brains.
If I’ve gotten a rise out of you as you read this; have made you extremely angry; or are on the offense, then great.
Today’s blog, I am really going out there and basically placing the truth in front of you.
My intent; to better our children’s lives, to better your life.
If I can make one person, one family, take a 2nd look at their current situation and decide to begin changing it, then this is powerful.
You have the power inside to make a difference for both your future, and your families. Take this power and feel extremely proud of yourself.
Don’t be afraid, make it your personal initiative.
I want to leave you with one final comment; one final thought.
Do you trust your doctor and follow their protocols? Do you go to them when you have a medical concern?
If you are given a prescription from you doctor; do you go visit the pharmacist; fill your prescription; take your medication as prescribed?
Now imagine your prescription stating:
- Min. 20 min. exercise 3 days/week
- No more sugar laden foods
- No more pre-packaged food
- Lessen your JUNK FOOD intake to 1 day/week (list states type & how much allowed)
- Sodium intake limited to 400mg/day
- Failing To Follow Directions will lead to SEVERE Medical Issues like Heart Attack, Stroke, or worse Pre-Mature Dealth
If I didn’t before, NOW do I have your attention?
I’d love read your comments below.