Let’s Help Our Youth Develop Healthy Lifestyles

By DeDe Hausmann

This past weekend we had a Celebration of Life Service for my husband, John, who would have been 65 on April 17th.   Friends of John’s spoke of special moments they had with him — most very funny and they allowed us to envision different sides of “my man” that not everyone had seen.  One of my brothers and both of our kids also detailed experiences with John, especially showing how firm he was in his convictions.  Maybe it was he being ½ Polish and ½ German that made him make his mind up regarding issues and not budging.

He loved the Indy 500 and ALL aspects of the racing festivities which occur every May.  If he could live at the track he would have. Because of health issues he missed attending the 2011 qualifications and race and had to watch it via our home TV.  That was tough for him!

This past summer we met our son and his family in Louisville, about half way for both families.  We went to the zoo and since John had a hard time walking he couldn’t enjoy all that the rest of us did.  There’s just so much one can view from a tram.

Health issues kept John from enjoying many things he wanted to do.  He grew up loving fatty foods, eating huge portions, and not getting enough physical activity.  During our 39 years of marriage he did make some healthy changes but they didn’t last for long.  For over 10 years he was obese.  He expected meds to take care of health issues and nothing would get him to change.  He died at 64 years of age, way too young.

I’m so glad National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL) have established a FREE in-school health/wellness program, FUEL UP TO PLAY 60, so our youth can learn what a healthy lifestyle is. We have a health epidemic in this country, with over 60% of the adults being overweight or obese.  If we get our youth to learn to enjoy nutrient-rich foods, including low-fat and fat free dairy products, fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean protein AND work towards enjoying 60 minutes of physical activity daily, they should grow up to be healthy adults!

It’s too late for John but not for others.  Let’s help our youth learn healthy habits.  Over 70,000 US schools have adopted the program and you need to see if your kids’ schools are on board.  If not, bring it to someone’s attention and get those schools signed up.  Grants are available to help school’s make healthy changes and what school can’t use financial help?  Go to fueluptoplay60.com for more info and let’s stop this obesity epidemic!

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