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Let's Move! The Obama Campaign against Childhood Obesity

>> Sunday, March 7, 2010

Childhood overweight and obesity is a serious problem globally. One of the hardest hit countries is the United States, where half of children are overweight for their age. As such, First Lady Michelle Obama has launched an important program called Let's Move to try to find ways to deal with the problem - and it deserves a lot of attention!

Let's Move aims to help families manage and prevent childhood obesity from four vantage points:

This program is designed for Americans, but I think that countries around the world can benefit from the fabulous ideas and resources that are collected on this website. The links in the right hand column of each of these sections (which you can access directly by clicking on the purple links above) are particularly rich in important tips and ideas that any family struggling with obesity can become inspired by. Under the physical activity tab, for example, there are great ideas for making family time active and reducing TV time to grow a healthier, more active family. Please note that the physical activity and nutrition guidelines (including the USDA Food Pyramid) are specific to the American recommendations, and your own country's guidelines may differ in some respects.

There is a long way to go in combatting childhood obesity, but these are some great ideas to get started! I can't emphasize enough how important it is to tackle the problem of overweight as a family, and I love that this program really promotes the family approach. The age of 6 months to 2 years is a crucial window when the type of food parents choose to feed their kids can program what they eat for the rest of their lives, so don't wait until teenage years to get started. Use these helpful tools to raise your children in a healthy enviroment from day 1!

Dr. Sue © 2010


I am excited that you have arrived at my site, and I hope you are too - consider this the first step towards a Healthier New You!! As a medical doctor, Endocrinologist, and obesity specialist, I am absolutely passionate about helping people with weight management. Though there is certainly no magic cure for obesity, there IS a successful treatment plan out there for you - it is all about understanding the elements that contribute to your personal weight struggle, and then finding the treatment plan that suits your needs and your lifestyle. The way to finding your personal solution is to learn as much as you can about obesity: how our toxic environment has shaped us into an overweight society; the diversity of contributors to obesity; and what the treatment options out there are really all about. Knowledge Is Power!!

Are you ready to change your life? Let's begin our journey together, towards a healthier, happier you!!

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