Thursday, May 5, 2011

Healthy Kids (& adults too): Let's Move! Everybody move your body!

Hellloooo you all!!! I hope all is well with you and as the weather gets much better, in most part of the country, I hope you are seriously doing something about your health!  A little while ago I expressed the importance of fighting childhood obesity and as you know from most of my articles aside from addressing obesity I greatly encourage
an active and healthy lifestyle!
As you can see this video is fantastic, dancing is such a great way to have fun and burn some calories!

But moving and fun do not always require any fancy musical beats and lyrics or any fancy room, it can be simple and totally natural....

(Picture found online) I do not know the location of the children above but I can tell they are having a good time, they are moving and they are proof that it doesn't take much to please kids...

(Picture found online of children in Thailand)! I love to see children being creative and using discarded objects as toys! Fun and moving can obviously be a great combination of creativity and simplicity! What adds charm to the picture is that I could classify their 'toy'as a Green toy! An old tire can bring great entertainment to children as you can see on the girl's sweet little face!  Well... an organized activity such as having your kids be part of an organization like these young soccer players  is also a way to get children moving and ensure that they stay active as you can see from this picture found on the link of an organization called Camp Shane! The Green factor here is that they are outdoors but another 'green factor' is quite obvious. The last 'Green factor' I am referring to here is money! It takes nice dollar bills for activities at this organization! But I am confident that when it comes to children's health its well worth the expense!Judging by all the exposure Camp Shane has received in the media they must be worth the investment!

 Camp Shane is in NY, Arizona and California, it's actually a youth weight loss camp that have been featured on TV on shows such Dr.Phil, Tyra Banks, 20/20, etc for their success in fighting childhood obesity! It's obviously not like any other summer camp! How many summer camps even have a weight loss resort?Well, I just don't know too many!

Now, a look at the special individual behind the Let's Move campaign that inspired this very article!
First Lady Michelle Obama!

Thankfully this nation is blessed with the leadership of a First Lady who is greatly conscious of the overall health of her nation and deeply care about the well being of her people. She has enlisted everyone and anyone including celebrities like Beyonce to assist in her efforts to fight childhood obesity and motivates children as well as adults to take care of their health. In sharing the selected videos I hope that youth and adults alike will find the motivation and inspiration they need to
get moving!

For more good videos on the subject of children's health please check the article

I hope the videos and many of the ones you will come across will inspire you to get moving! You might or might not be a fan of any of the individuals specifically mentioned in this article and it's not about being their fans! It's about being aware that:
  •  your health matters
  •  children's health matters
  •  healthy children are the future of a nation
  • there are many good reasons why you should get moving
  • there are may ways that you can get moving
  • there are simple things that we can do to be healthy
  • small changes can have a huge impact
  • you are not alone we are all in it together
  • we all deserve a better body and a better life
So...To a healthy you and to your better body and to your better life, the natural way!!! Let's Move!

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Freely share all your comments and thoughts as you never know who you might be inspiring!!! 

 What do you think about the First Lady Let's Move campaign? What are ways that you can start moving? How have you been moving? Isn't it cool and interesting that one of the first thing she mentions is the kitchen garden?I think it is! (Check my previous article for a peek at my container kitchen garden)!



  1. Excellent information provided by this blog.

    kitchen garden

  2. N'na love your blog babes! I love dancing and this is the best advice I have got so far as keeping healthy! Beyonce is fab! Thanks a ton for sharing.

  3. Hey
    @Kriti! Thank you I am glad that this article was resourceful to you! I am a great believer in dancing as an effective and very pleasant exercise, it's hard to hate dancing while it's easy to hate running...
    @Durga Thank you for stopping by and take the time to comment on this article! I appreciate your compliment and the kitchen garden link you shared I will dig into it because I have been expanding my growing selections!

  4. N'na dancing is way better than the gym. Anything that gets you moving and walking is a good thing. We all do far too little of it. (Walking to Cold Stone ice-cream doesn't count). Loved the blog post. Tango anyone??

  5. Hey Tammy! I am pleased that you loved this post! Thanks! Yeah walking to Cold Stone does not count unfortunately but I have tried a few times to make it count!!!(lol) I walk for an hour every day and the past 2 days felt like a chooore! Dancing on the other hand is so natural and pleasant! I have always been fascinated by Tango, not simply as a dance but as far as its culture. So much about the history of this dance and how it fit in European and South American (notably Argentina) cultures and history! The only thing stopping me from trying it out is the disparity in height between my 6'5 husband and my petite 4'11 figure not sure we can be gracefull Tango partners in the literal sense, thankfully we are doing great in real life!(smiles)

  6. This blog has great information hands down, but what about for the people of God out there that don't listen to Beyonce. And don't want to Dougie! When is comes to health especailly for the Black community they need to be more well rounded. Yes we all can get up and dance but also have something available for the Christians as well! The campaign is a great idea but just don't stop at Beyonce go to the Gopel artist as well and get them involved to, to be able to reach a whole other group of people out there!

  7. Thanks Younique, I am with you on that one!!!! That's the reason why I specified in the article that it was not even about being a fan of Beyonce or anyone mentioned above. I am not a fan of any hip hop artist or any 'celebrity' in particular, I am simply taking what I can learn and adapt it to my convictions!My main objective here is to promote Health and Welness and make people aware of this campaign. It's the big picture here that I am promoting! We have TO BE HEALTHIER and like you said, especially Black, and the Christian community as well. We all have to stop making excuses, get moving and by all means even be creative and use Gospel music for our work-outs...It can be done, yes Christians have less selections but its only an excuse among others that some people could use not to get active. However Christians has a great lack leadership in this area (Health and Wellness)as opposed to other groups that have plenty of health and wellness advocates! I am promoting Health above all things but it would be good to see some leadership in the church communities!It's a Christian belief that our bodies are "temples"! It's sad to describe the state of many of those temples!

  8. Awesome post sis! My daughter and I will spend the summer developing healthier habits together. So glad I stopped by today. Thank you!

    Peace :-)

  9. Thanks for stopping by it's a pleasure to have you here. There will be plenty of healthy ideas that you can incorporate in your lifestyle this summer. I hope you will share with me what you do with your daughter this summer!

  10. great post and awesome blog specially I like the music thing in the blog.
    I'd do it to mine too :)

    Jennah Smith
    PMS Relief