Last week I shared some tips on how to prevent and manage childhood obesity. I received a handful of positive comments about my first tip: Be a good role model. One of the comments I received was from someone involved in a new campaign, the Coalition of Angry Kids (COAK). I took a look at the site and think it’s an interesting take on childhood obesity. It truly highlights the point that parents (and all adults) are role models for children and if we don’t take action for ourselves we can’t expect kids to either. The saying “Do as I say, not as I do” really cannot apply when it comes to obesity.
The COAK campaign was motivated by many statistics, including the following:
If one parent is obese, there is a 50% chance that the children will also be obese. When both parents are obese, the children have an 80% chance of being obese.
Pretty scary, right?
So what can you do? Join over 12,000 people and take the COAK Pledge. When you take the pledge you get:
- Free 30-Day Anytime Fitness Membership (1300+ locations)
- Free 30-Minute Personal Training Session
- 30-Day Premium Pass to Anytime Health (an online resource for meal planning, workout tracking, and more)
If you take the pledge, let me know! Leave a comment on this post, tweet your commitment to me @JlevinsonRD, or post it on the nutritioulicious facebook page. If you do, you’ll be in the running for the following giveaway (valued at $230):
The giveaway has been extended! The winner will be randomly selected NEXT Friday October 1, 2010!