|The human heart - the engine for human life. Take care of your engine so it can take care of you.|
If you have heart disease, such as high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol in your family, AND you are overweight, did you know that losing as little as 5 to 10% of your weight can have a substantial impact on lowering your blood pressure and improving your cholesterol? It's true. One of the primary reasons why I started the Growing Healthy Kids movement and focus on solutions to childhood obesity was because of the results I saw among adults in my wellness classes who became educated about how they could get to a healthier weight and come off insulin and blood pressure medicines. When I worked with older adults taking ten or twelve medications and a couple of months later they started coming off their medications as their weight came down, I knew we had to take bold action to educate parents.
Children who are overweight and obese are being diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Children are being medicated with drugs that have never been tested on children. Children who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as teenagers will live about 17 years less than normal.
We know that children who are not at healthy weights will have shorter lifespans than our lifespans - UNLESS WE BECOME EDUCATED AND COMMIT TO HALT, REVERSE, AND PREVENT CHILDHOOD OBESITY...one child at a time.
PS - Growing Healthy Kids will be hosting screenings of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION in 2013 as part of our Wellness Wednesdays series. If your organization would like to collaborate with us on a screening, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!