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Date: July 19, 2013
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES PROMOTE LET'S MOVE INITIATIVE, ADVENTISTS NATIONALLY SAY YES TO HEALTHY KIDS AND FAMILIES
July 19, 2013— Nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese, increasing their risk for asthma, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep problems, depression, and bullying. Some of the contributing factors are decreased exercise, large portion sizes, too much refined foods, not enough whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and the inability for low-income families to access healthy foods.
United States First Lady Michelle Obama launched “Let’s Move” in February 2010 to help solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, so that kids born today reach adulthood at a healthy weight. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America has joined some 50 other faith and community organizations in supporting this national initiative to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity by launching Adventists InStep for Life, an initiative to assist Adventist churches, schools and health care organizations in tackling the challenge of childhood obesity.
As a part of the Adventists InStep for Life initiative, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America has set aside Sunday, September 22 as “Let’s Move! Day.”
“More than ever, Let’s Move Day is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact in our communities,” said Katia Reinert, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC, FCN, director of Adventist health ministries.
The main idea is to engage kids, parents, schools and the community in working together to fight obesity
At least 15 Adventist churches in the Indy metro have underwritten the event to raise awareness for childhood obesity. It will take place at White River State Park on Let’s Move Day Sunday, September 22, 10 am – 2 pm.
Indy’s rendition of the coast-to-coast event features a 5K walk/run and an interactive Kid’s Health Expo. White House representatives are reported to attend.
“The ‘Let’s Move’ initiative is consistent with our church’s approach to ministering to people physically, mentally, socially and spiritually,” said Pastor Ted Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America has set the following four goals for the Let’s Move initiative:
Increase physical activity by:
1. Accumulating 2 million miles through Instep for Life or other activities
2. 60% of Adventist students achieving the NAD and President Active Lifestyle Awards
Focus on Improve diet with more fruit and vegetable servings by:
3. Launching 100 summer feeding sites (VBS, camps, community service activities)
4. Starting 100 new vegetable gardens or farmers markets in schools and/or churches
“Promoting small, simple changes in physical activity and food choices in our daily and family lives can make all the difference in preventing childhood obesity,” she said.
For more information on Let’s Move Day, please visit, http://www.adventistsinstepforlife.org
About the Seventh-day Adventist Church
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant church with approximately 16.3 million adult members worldwide, which includes 1.1 million members in North America.
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