As a blogger I love to come to this space on the web and share my life with you. As a mom, I am also passionate about using this platform to share vital information pertaining to the health and well being of children and people in general.
On Wednesday, I was thrilled to be invited to a mom bloggers panel hosted by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong 4 Life team. Childhood obesity is the focus of the Strong 4 Life team and a few months ago the campaign came under fire for their billboards regarding the childhood obesity epidemic in Georgia. Nearly 40% of all children in the state of Georgia are obese according to the CDC statistics.
While many did not agree with their shock tactics the facts and numbers are just as equally shocking. Whether one sees a major problem with the ads or not, the bottom line is if we want to see our children lead full and healthy lives we all have a responsibility. I say we because even though this may not hit home with you it very well may hit very close to home with family members or friends who are battling this problem within their families. Knowledge and the sharing of information is vital.
Starting the process of getting our families healthy is quite simple. Getting active and eating healthy are the first steps. The Strong 4 Life website offers some other tips here.
I urge you to please take a look at Strong 4 Life and what they are trying to do to raise awareness of childhood obesity and healthy living. Although their focus is the state of Georgia this is a nationwide problem. Please educate yourselves and those around you about the dangers of not starting our children off on the right foot when it comes to living healthy lives.
Our lunch came from Happy Belly. This food was so good. It’s a food truck, if you are in Atlanta check them out!
What do you think are the major contributing factors to childhood obesity? As a community what can we do to help?