The Young Generation Is Our Future.
Do you know that Americans' lives will soon grow shorter?
The prevalence and severity of obesity is so great, especially in children,
that the associated diseases are likely to strike people at younger and younger ages.
Do you know that about a third of U.S. adults age 20 and up could be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer.
The prevalence of the metabolic syndrome is highest among obese children and adolescents.
About 250,000 children develop cancer each year.
Being overweight or obese puts anyone at a higher risk for cancer and other chronic illnesses.
Should or can we agree on what are American values and national priorities?
Should or are we still committed to protect the general well-being of American society?
OBESITY'S POTENTIAL IMPACT ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
ARE SIGNIFICANT AND THREATEN OUR NATION'S FUTURE!
How Obesity Threatens the Future
The increasing rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases in the United States are predicted to continue on their alarming path into 2030.*
*ďF as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012,Ē a report released by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Early Childhood Health Education is the Foundation of Lifelong Health
A strong body of research indicates that investments in early childhood education programs are more beneficial than those made at any other age. They have the highest rate of return any social investment can have.
Should the goal of early childhood education primarily be to promote academic knowledge and competence for successful learning on later stages of education? When seeing early childhood education through the lenses of sustainability, it becomes clear that it requires rethinking and redefining based on support sustainability.
Educating for sustainability should begin very early in life. It is in the early childhood period that children develop their basic values, attitudes, skills, behavior and habits, which may be long lasting.
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
Health Education is the very foundation of the smartest investments that can be made in the United States.
Although 85% of a childís core brain structure is formed by age five, less than 4% of public investments on education and development have occurred by that time.
Ensuring healthy lives requires people to be able to challenge taken-for granted beliefs and practices, and to find creative solutions and alternatives to unsustainable habits and practices, which tend to dominate at present.
Families are the child's first educators. Parents, siblings, grandparents and other extended family members have the greatest influence in shaping young children's attitudes, values, behaviors, habits and skills.
America is in Danger
"Raising an overweight young generation that is unreceptive to a healthy lifestyle creates an unsafe future for the United States. Obesity not only costs us a significant amount of money each year; it shortens lives and threatens future generation. By changing children's minds, we really can change their lives and stay strong!"
~ Larissa Sawicki,
President and Founder,
Let's Help Let's Move Public Charity
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