This effort got its start from the national YMCA “Activate America” initiative.
Another slogan from their PowerPoint presentation was “We want you to get Lake County active and fit”. That is, I think, a better (and more reasonable) target. Encouraging folks to get and stay active (and “fit”) and to see what we can do to aid folks in eating healthier stuff. This effort will include special emphasis on kids, likely their behavior is a bit easier to change/impact, but also because of some recent studies demonstrating that early obesity is shortening the life expectancy of our future generations. The first such studies came out in 2005 (see this New York Times article)
For the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents, according to a new report, which contends that the rapid rise in childhood obesity, if left unchecked, could shorten life spans by as much as five years.
and the New England Journal has again published similar studies the latter part of last year (see USAToday article).
Taken together, doctors say, the studies provide new evidence that excess weight does affect a child's long-term risk of heart disease and life expectancy.
Pushing activity (and fitness) is a great goal and would likely have a great impact on this and so many other health issues. Creative thought and attention needs to be directed at special problems experienced by folks in lower socioeconomic strata, those in neighborhoods not conducive (for many reasons) to outside, local activity, and other special populations, but it is doable for all.
I look forward to participating in this effort. Working to promote health and forestall death by many avenues is my “most critical…concern”.