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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

8 reasons food & exercise matter...

The following reasons are "good food for thought" in reference to the importance and need for good food and exercise for our kids' futures...

1.  Today's kids are overfed and undernourished.  We are raising the first generation of children who live sicker and die younger than their parents.
2.  Diet and inactivity are responsible for more than 25 percent of all preventable deaths in the US, that is second only to smoking!
3.  All children deserve to grow up in places that support being healthy.
4.  Neighborhoods with sidewalks, quality grocery stores, farmers markets, parks and recreation centers don't exist in many communities.
5.  Our health is linked to the quality of our food and fitness surroundings.  People, especially youth need places that support being healthy which is fundamental for communities to thrive.
6.  Affordable, healthy food and safe accessible opportunities for physical activity are scarce in many areas.
7.  It is estimated that one in three American born children -- born in 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes which really means that that could lead to blindness, amputation and a slow and premature death.
8.  Four of the top 10 killers in America today are chronic illness linked to diet: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

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