Tag Archives: childhood obesity

Jacob’s ABC’s of Exercise by Bulsby Duncan helps you Get Moving

jacob's abc of exercise
While out today I visited a local bookstore and I saw this book being featured along with the author and illustrator. I talked with him a few minutes about the concept and I decided to share the information with the Ebony Mom Politics audience. I have also copied some detailed information about the book from Amazon. Read over it and you decide if this approach to fitness is the right one for your children. FROM AMAZON:
Bulsby Duncan utilizes a unique style of teaching children different elements of fitness through his book “Jacob’s ABC’s of Exercise”. This book introduces healthy activity unifying each letter of the alphabet and exercise, and is intended to reinforce the importance of being active at an early age. “Jacob’s ABC’s of Exercise” focuses on the various components of exercise such as: aerobic, abdominal, balance, flexibility, strengthening, and stretching. This book is also geared to assisting in the development of self-esteem, building character, and increasing knowledge of exercise in children to help in the fight against early childhood obesity. Parents and teachers will love how this book allows them to interact with the kids to help them learn ideal ways to be and stay fit. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), one in every three children is obese and weight-related diseases are a result of their lack of activity. To join national movement to reduce childhood obesity, Mr. Duncan created Alphafit. Alphafit promotes healthy lifestyles during early childhood development by stressing the importance of being active. Mr. Duncan knows that children are our future and wants to start with ACTIVITY as a way to head them in the right direction. Grab a towel and some water and get ready to exercise with Jacob!!
for more information visit: http://www.createspace.com/3668643

Why can’t a 300 pound 12 year old boy play Pee Wee Football?

A twelve year old boy who stands 6ft. tall and weighs 300 lbs wants to play pee wee football with his friends. The problem is the league has a weight restriction. the maximum weight is 135 lbs. His coach is appealing the rule and his mother also says he whould be allowed to play, but is this the big issue here? No the issue is why is a 12 year old boy 300 lbs? Shouldn’t the mom be more interested in addressing his weight? Read the linked stories and share your thoughts.



New York wants to ban Supersize Drinks…is this going too far?

Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban all sugary drinks that are over 16 oz. This is done as a way to help combat obesity, but is this fair? Don’t people have a right to choose even if some find thoses choices objectionable? Tell me what you think.


Outdoorafro.com has a mission: get African Americans off the couch and into the Great Outdoors

“Some see Rue Mapp as a 21st century John Muir of the African American community. A vocal outdoor enthusiast whose ideas are frequently sought by the White House, Mapp understands how nature can nurture not only our physical, but emotional well being.

An Oakland, Calif.-based mother of three, Mapp also knows that families that engage in healthy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, swimming and camping can strengthen their relationships, while combating diabetes and other health problems that result from sedentary lifestyles dominated by computers and other electronic devices. Everyone talks about the healthcare crisis facing this country, a crisis that is particularly acute in the African American community. But engagement in the Great Outdoors is something anyone can right now to improve their physical and emotional health. They just have to get off the couch and do it.”

Unfortunately, black Americans are perceived to have little connection with the Great Outdoors. “How often do you see black people hiking in Yosemite, or sitting around a campfire in a family campground? Not enough.”But Mapp is working to change that. Through her website, OutdoorAfro.com, Mapp is starting a movement to get black America into the Great Outdoors. She’s doing this by networking African Africans who already have an interest in hiking or biking or camping or other activities with other African Americans with similar interests.

The idea, she said, is to encourage African Americans to network with each other and become more involved with outdoors. OutdoorAfro.com is not only a forum to discuss the need for outdoor engagement, but a planning tool for organizing outings. “It’s as if she’s creating a black Sierra Club, said Danielle Lee, a colleague of Mapp who has watched Outdoor Afro grow from an obscure website to one that is frequently accessed by people across the country.

Mapp has also partnered with the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and Camp-California.com, which is helping her publicize her efforts in California and across the country.

But between running OutdoorAfro.com and making trips to Washington D.C. to provide input on initiatives ranging from Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign to providing ideas to the Department of Interior on ways to engage African American families in outdoor recreation, Mapp realizes she needs more soldiers to fight alongside her.

“I can’t do all of this myself, she said. So Mapp has taken the next logical step: She has recruited a dozen people like her who share her passion for the outdoors. But these folks are not just advocates. They will also organize outdoor activities across the country, from day hikes to overnight camping trips.“Nothing like this has ever been done before by the black community, at least
nothing on this scale,” Mapp said. Her “team leaders” will initially organize trips on a quarterly basis. But the effort could grow beyond that. I am blessed to have found a group of like-minded people who can help me literally move African Americans into the outdoors in greater numbers.”

Outdoor Afro’s regional team leaders include:

Karen Bayard, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based college professor and community health educator.

Beky Branagan, an Outdoor Skills Facilitator who teaches Girl Scout Leaders about camping. Based in Arizona, she has an M.S. in Recreation Administration and served as a medic in the US Army Reserve.

Sherrita Cole, an Oakland, Calif. Resident mom of a toddler, property manager, and hair care blogger.

Melissa Danielle, a New York City resident who promotes healthy lifestyles and wellness through her work as director of Central Brooklyn Wellness.

Nkrumah Frazier, a biology research technician at the University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg Green Living Examiner who is focused on the latest science and environmental research.?

Karla Frye, a Jefferson City, Mo. resident who works as manager of urban initiatives for Missouri State Parks. Frye has previously worked as a journalist, a research analyst, public relations consultant and university professor.

Danielle Lee, a St. Louis, Mo. scientist and blogger specializing in mammalogy, ecology and animal behavior.?

Zoe Polk, a San Francisco, Calif. resident and human rights attorney.

Alisha Pye, a Los Angeles, Calif.-based Pilates instructor.

Cliff Sorrell, a Bay Area based landscape architect, assistant Scout Master and Cub Scout leader.

Viva Yeboah, resides in Chicago, and has recently embraced outdoor connections through her participation with Girl Trek.?

Charles Yellowday, a Bronx, N.Y.-based social services professional.

All 12 regional leaders will be organizing day hikes, camping trips, bicycle rides and other activities on a quarterly basis in the Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, Jefferson City, Mo.; and Atlanta areas.”

For more information on OutdoorAfro.com as well as camping opportunities in California and across the country, please visit http://www.Camp-California.com and http://www.GoCampingAmerica.com

Georgia’s Childhood Obesity Campaign is Drawing Criticism, but does it work?

Is this an effective way to combat childhood obesity or does this simply make obese children feel even worse? What do you think effective or simply cruel?

Is the Georgia Stop childhood Obesity Campaign Doing More harm than Good?

Georgia has launched a stop childhood obesity campaign that is coming under fire. The campaign depicts overweight children sharing their feelings regarding their weight. Some say that the ads go too far. Tell me what you think.


Happy Meal Toys Outlawed in San Francisco

Let’s take the fun out of being a kid. ” San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to pass a law that cracks down on the popular practice of giving away free toys with unhealthy restaurant meals for children. San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed the law on Tuesday on a veto-proof 8-to-3 vote. It takes effect on December 1.” This borders on Big Brother. Do we really need the government to stop giving toys to tots?  Parents should be responsible for the health and welfare of their children, and frankly Happy Meals are not the major cause of childhood obesity. Kids need activity. So to increase activity do we outlaw television, PlayStations and XBoxes. We’re not going to do this and we should not be playing Diet Cop. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101103/hl_nm/us_mcdonalds_toys

Reality TV’s New Found Fascination with Fat

The Biggest Loser was one of the first reality shows to showcase fat people. These people had accepted who they were and they wanted to change and they were motivated by health reasons and money. The winner of this show walks away with $250,000. The contestants lose a lot of weight in a very short period of time and some have questions the methods used to achieve the at times startling results. Recently I have seen more and more shows that showcase the obese. One particularly bad one is VH1 Money Hungry. It is a rip off of the Biggest Loser concept but one thing that is different is the contestants had to put up $10,000 of their own money to be on the show. They have put together a cast of people who seem sincere about losing weight and some that seem sincere about being on television. The last couple standing will win a pot of $100,000. Last night the Style Network debuted their new show Too Fat to be 15. This is more of a documentary format. It gives the viewer a glimpse into the world of a fat teen. One girl profiled was 17 years old and weighed 510 pounds. She was elated after 3 weeks when she was down to 474 pounds. Of all the shows that put a spotlight on obesity this one has no bells or whistles. It is not a quick fix. These young people are paired with behavioral specialists who really are trying to help them actually change their lives. Too Fat for 15 might be worth watching. There is no buffoonery just young people trying live long enough to become old people.

Are our Kids too Fat or are we making them crazy?

Today at church I heard an average size little girl call herself “fat”. She was not even slightly overweight but she perceived herself as fat. Her Sunday School teacher walked over to her and said you are not fat and you are beautiful. As I walked away I wondered whether we are driving our kids crazy? Why would this girl think she was fat? She thinks this because we have told her so if not in word in deed. If you have ever watched any of the programs geared toward teens you will find girls being defined by their weight by their friends and their enemies. ABC Family has a new show coming on called HUGE which is about obese teens at a weight loss camp. In the promos the main character refuses to hate herself because she is fat. So is this what we want to promote self-hatred? Yes, this country has a childhood obesity problem, but everyone is not obese and with the right motivation those that are can become healthy, but how much stress are we putting on our children? Are we encouraging our children to try to lose weight quickly or are we trying to promote healthy eating habits?   I definitely don’t have the answers. My own daughter has asked me to buy her Slim-Fast. Which I won’t, but I know that I can’t just dismiss her concerns. I know she is not fat but everything around her celebrates the Size 0. As a parent I want to fight childhood obesity, but there has got to be a happy medium between Size 0 and obese, and I will keep looking for it.

Childhood Obesity Needs to Be Addressed, but is Now the Time?

I applaud First Lady Obama for tackling the very difficult issue of childhood obesity. It is simple to say children need to move more, eat less and choose healthy food choices. All of those things can happen if you have the resources to make it happen. If you have parents who are engaged in the process, but with engaged parents we might not have the problem. It takes real commitment to monitor your children’s food intake. Committment takes time that some parents do not have. In this economic climate parents are working and in some case working more than one job. They are doing well to provide food for their children and in some cases fast food is the low cost alternative. Some urban areas like Detroit do not even have a supermarket in the city. Corner stores are not known for their produce selection.  I am sure this program is not designed to blame the parents and there will be an education component within the program, but times are bad and parents are having a hard time just putting food on the table.  This is a very important issue,  but this might not be the time.