Together, it is time we did something about the rising rate of childhood obesity rates. There are conclusive statistics that we are now in an epidemic. Obesity was once a term associated with our adult population, but in the last 30 years obesity rates have more than tripled in children. Obesity rates with young children account for some 20 % of the population.
The solution is simple yet complex. We need to mentor children with healthy lifestyle choices. The key I feel is a regular routine of playful exercise. As runners we know that if we are planning an evening run we make a conscious decision on our food. We choose performance-based foods that will allow us to enjoy our run even more. If we do not plan a run, we are often choosing pleasurable foods, which are often the unhealthy choice. Selecting foods that fuel us for perfor- mance and combining a playful approach to regular exercise is the solution to this epidemic of obesity.
The solution rests with each of you. The burden of an overtaxed health system will also be a result if we fail to be today's mentors to today's children and tomorrow's adults. You are the master of your personal athletic program. Be the mentor of some special child in your life.
The other side of the pendulum is the inactive aging boomer. If you know and care about someone in this group, direct them to our latest online active aging training program. Together, we all can make a difference by getting people moving, and remove the burden on our fine healthcare providers.