21stJune 21, 2014
Withthe reduced level of exercise in the today’s world, obesity hasincreased considerably in the United States leading to accumulationof excess fats in the body. As a result, scientists, doctors and thegovernment have been concerned with this rising rate of obesityamongst the teens and children. To curb this problem, “let’smove” Programwas launched by Michelle Obama aiming at resolving the problem ofobesity among children and teens to help them grow healthier and bein a position of chasing their visions. The program has laid downsome resources, training materials and activities to the community inan effort of solving this problem. Therefore, this paper willevaluate the program, its effectiveness towards the target group, theteaching materials, resources and activities it delivers to the wholecommunity. In addition, the paper will pinpoint the flaws andstrengths of this program.
Lackof exercise has caused the increased rate of obesity amongst thechildren and teens, as most of them do not walk to and from theschool as they used to but instead they board cars and buses. Moreso,they spend ample time watching TV’s leading to a low rate ofexercise that cause low or little burning of fats. Due to this lowburning of fat, they tend to gain weight at a faster rate than it isrequired leading to obesity (American Academy, 2011). To control thisproblem, let’smovehas made an effort of encouraging schools to put up physicaleducation centers that will ensure kids have enough body exercisewhile they are at school. To add on, this program has motivatedschools to implement a youth fitness test that offers training andresources to schools for recognizing, tracking and assessing thehealth issues of the youths.
It is evident that obesity in children and teens is caused by wrongchoice of foods they eat leading to poor diets. Taking into accountthe busy world our globe has become, the program has taken a step ofproviding caretakers and parents with tools, information and supportthey want so that they may be in a position of making the correctchoice of the food taken by theirkids (Lets move, 2014). To achievethis, let’smove program isworking with USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) wherebyit is providing dietary guidelines to many Americans. Theseguidelines are encouraging most people to eat food with little fat(calories) and make sensible food choices. Moreover, the program hasensured that qualified chefs have been employed in schools to ensurethat kids consume the right diet while at school. As a result, chefsare stimulated to volunteer in schools and join teachers as well asparents and the whole society in an effort of establishing a healthyschool environment (Let’s Move, 2014).
Obesitydoes affect children depending on how they are raised right from themoment when they were babies. This has triggered let’smovetostart a program that will ensure that children are raised up in ahealthy way. As a result, Let’s Move child care has been startedwith an aim of strengthening child care and early education. Thisprogram believes that if a child starts off their lives in a healthyway, then it is possible to curb obesity amongst the children. In anattempt to implement this program, child care is encouraging parentsto prohibit children under two years old from watching TV’s formore than 30 minutes. Additionally, the program has encouragedparents to ensure that children have access to water throughout theday and during the meals and prohibited them from being served withsugar-sweetened beverages (Let’s Move, 2014).
Asstated above, calories found in food are the main cause of obesityimplying that most teens and children tend to consume these caloriesfrom the food they eat away from home and mostly at school (Susan,2012). To curb this problem, let’s move Salad Bars in schools hasbeen started where the only food being sold are fresh fruits andvegetables. This program discourages eating of food that hasa highlevel of calories both at school and in the towns. Through thisprogram, consumption of sugary snacks at school has reduced leadingto a reduction of saturation of fats.
It’squite vivid that everything in this world has its strength andweaknesses and so is this program. The strengths of this programinclude the program was launched by the first lady implying that sheis responsible for the way the programs runs. She participates in themeetings of this program where she answers questions from theaudience and encourages them of how to carry out health practicesthat improve their health lives. Additionally, the program hasseveral other programs under different managements ensuring thatfailure of one program does not affect other programs. Furthermore,the program encourages simple health practices that are easy toimplement like taking the right choice of food.
However,the program has various weaknesses that include some of the programsdiscourage some practices that are hard to implement in the today’sworld. Such practices include prohibiting kids from watching TV’s.Moreover, people from poor backgrounds are unable to access healthy,fresh and affordable food which makes it difficult for theimplementation of some programs.
Inconclusion, for a successful fight against obesity in United States,the participation of every individual in the society is needed. Thiswill in turn help in the implementation of every program that Let’sMove! Recommendswith ease. Besides, teachers and parents play a crucial role in theprevention of obesity as they have the most time with the childrenthus it is easy to control and prevent obesity if they do as theprograms requires them to.
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