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Preventing Childhood Obesity

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One in five children is obese or overweight by the age of 6. It’s up to us to change that.

Whether they’re filling up their first book bag for Kindergarten or starting to think about life after high school, the fact is our kids spend much of their time at school. They’re not just learning the alphabet or algebra, they’re learning what kinds of foods they like, new games to play, and health habits that will carry over long after the school day is done. Ending the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation can only happen if our schools are onboard.

Doctors and scientists are concerned about the rise of obesity in children and teens because obesity may lead to the following health problems: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea and social discrimination.

Obese children may experience immediate health consequences which can lead to weight-related health problems in adulthood. Obese children and teens have been found to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and abnormal glucose tolerance. In a sample of 5-to 17-year-olds, almost 60% of overweight children had at least one CVD risk factor and 25% of overweight children had two or more CVD risk factors. In addition, studies have shown that obese children and teens are more likely to become obese as adults.

In addition to suffering from poor physical health, overweight and obese children can often be targets of early social discrimination. The psychological stress of social stigmatization can cause low self-esteem which, in turn, can hinder academic and social functioning, and persist into adulthood. While research is still being conducted, there have been some studies showing that obese children are not learning as well as those who are not obese. Further, physical fitness has been shown to be associated with higher achievement.

We are going to need everyone's time and talent to solve the childhood obesity epidemic and our Nation's chefs have tremendous power as leaders on this issue because of their deep knowledge of food and nutrition and their standing in the community. I want to thank them for joining the Let's Move! Campaign"

- First Lady Michelle Obama

But we know that in these days of cramped budgets and limited resources, it can be difficult for schools to always prioritize the healthiest options. Yet we’ve seen schools across the country –teams of educators, administrators, parents, and, yes, students – take steps to make their students healthier. They’re revamping physical education curriculum and adding back recess. They’re adding salad bars to the cafeteria. They’re partnering with community groups for safe places to play. They’re bringing chefs in to cook in the lunchroom and talk to students about healthy habits. They’re planting school gardens – even on top of concrete if they have to.

The kids like playing. The parents are excited. The administrators are proud of their accomplishments. And the communities feel like they’re doing right by their kids. And that’s what this is all about – we need to make sure that our kids have the fuel they need to succeed in the classroom and in life. So we’re going to keep working, keep moving, until we give our kids the healthy futures they deserve.

I want to raise money so I can go to the local schools and teach children healthy cooking, where I can provide the ingredients for the cooking classes. That way the kids would get to cook and taste healthy meals.

I got my degree in Psychology in Europe and received my training in nutrition and Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Based in New York City, Integrative Nutrition is the largest nutrition school in the world. The school offers the world’s leading Health Coach Training Program and teaches over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and cutting-edge coaching methods.

Integrative Nutrition is the only nutrition school to integrate all the different dietary theories and provide comprehensive coaching and business training. Health Coaches from Integrative Nutrition’s world-class training program learn from top experts in the field of health and wellness including Dr. Andrew Weil, Geneen Roth, Dr. David Katz, Dr. John Douillard, Dr. Mark Hyman, and David Wolfe among many others.

My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and the importance of preventive care. Drawing on my education and experience, I work with children and adults to help them make the dietary and lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

For each $20 you donate to this charity you can claim A Raw Naked Bar Kit, the new health bars line I am launching early next year. Email me for details and questions at

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