Thursday, January 28, 2010

First Lady Michelle and Our First Parent Workshop

Paradise greetings,

It is SO AWESOME to have the First Lady of the U.S. on board with our work to halt and reverse childhood obesity, don't you think? You should have heard the excitement at home last night while watching the State of the Union address when President Obama announced that Mrs. Obama is tackling childhood obesity.

The fact is kids are not supposed to be fat. The fact is that clear, concise education is needed. The fact is that when you show kids how to make healthier choices about foods, snacks, meals, and drinks, they choose health! The fact is that you CAN afford to eat healthy with a little preparation and planning. The fact is we all need to slow down to look at the consequences of NOT acting to get overweight and obese kids on the path to healthier weights. The fact is that given current trends, our children's generation will have shorter lifespan than ours. The fact is that what's wrong with America can be fixed by what's RIGHT with America (President Clinton said that when he was in Fort Pierce on a campaign stop for then candidate Barack Obama).

The fact is we cannot afford to fail.

Which is why this morning we checked out the beautiful venue for the first Growing Healthy Kids Parent Workshop we will hold in conjunction with Youth Guidance Mentoring & Activities Program and Indian River County Health Department. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Majestic Theater in Vero Beach. Dr. Elman, pediatrician with the health department, and I will conduct an education program for parents while their children will be safe and sound watching a current kids' movie. We have room for 150 parents and about 150 kids. Youth Guidance (772 770 5040) is the place to call to reserve your brain for the evening.

We each must act deliberately. Because failure is not an option.

Growing Healthy Kids - improving the health - and lives - of children, one garden and one child at a time.

To your perfect health,
Nancy Heinrich
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids