Emotional health will never just be a school age or adolescent issue; the preparation and teaching starts as early as birth and continues throughout our whole lives. But until there is more nationwide focus on the matter, what can we do now to start fixing this?
We need to disprove the myths that are still perpetuated by companies, which state that sedentary lifestyles are the main cause of our weight issues. We need to realize that what we put on our plates, or in our bowls and cups, has the greatest impact on our weight management.
Gardening brings people from diverse and different backgrounds together -- families, young people, the elderly, neighbors, politicians -- to do something good, not just for your health and body, but for your community.
Just as a late spring thaw was finally settling in, I had the chance to catch up with the first lady, to ask her some important questions about leadership, collaboration and the balancing act of family, work and life. Her answers and insights reinforce her determination to get the job done.
These changes are undoubtedly a victory for health advocates. As First Lady Michelle Obama put it: "This is a big deal, and it's going to make a big difference for families all across this country." They could also create a crisis for the food industry.
If the government had not intervened in the matter of our children's health, I'm not sure we'd all be high-fiving each other about these latest statistics affecting our country's most precious resources.
Good news travels fast. This week's announcement by CVS Caremark that they will stop selling tobacco products by October 1 was front-page news and a topic of conversation everywhere. My first thought? What a great example of a company voluntarily doing the right thing.
When I was asked yesterday by POLITICO to comment on a press release from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation celebrating the food industry's alleged reduction in calories, I thought, Oh, those data we've been waiting for are finally published. But I was wrong.
I believe President Obama is serious about improving the American diet. And I believe he is also wary of how the bulk of our food is produced in this country. But I want him to show me and the rest of America.
The first lady joked that some industry members may be waiting things out, figuring that "in a few years, this lady will be gone and this whole Let's Move thing will finally be over, so we can go back to business as usual." That's exactly what they are thinking.
It's finally becoming normal to recognize that poor food choices lead to the current obesity epidemic and mushy-brain syndrome. Groups like Alliance for a Healthier Generation lead the movement on this and with great results to show for it.