This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LiveWell Colorado . The opinions and text are all mine.
Did you know that Colorado adults are some of the healthiest in the country?! Makes sense right? All the gorgeous hiking trails, swimming holes, snowy adventures, and outdoor beauty it’s no wonder that we spend our time being active outdoors. But, did you also know that Colorado ranks 24th out of the 50 states for our kid’s physical activity? 24th! What is that?! Isn’t that sad? We should be #1 or at least the top 10! I’m happy that my husband and I enjoy spending time outdoors and that we involve our kids in everything that we do, but that’s not the case for everyone.
We lucked out really. We live walking distance from a beautiful park with awesome climbing trees. We’re a couple of miles from family friendly hiking spots. The kids go to a great school that encourages healthy choices & outdoor play. My 4th-grade son’s teacher told the kids on their first week of school that they only homework they’d have would be whatever they didn’t finish in class. She said she wasn’t going to give any homework this year in attempt to help kids get more outside play time. I jumped for joy when I heard that and I’m sure they all did too! I wish more teachers took this route!
Unfortunately, not everybody is as lucky as we are. More that a quarter of Colorado kids are obese, increasing their likelihood of suffering from health problems like high blood pressure and symptoms of prediabetes in the near future. That’s NOT okay! That’s where the NoMore24 campaign comes into play. The NoMore24 campaign aims to increase Colorado’s awareness of childhood obesity and to encourage people to sign the No More 24 Pledge. A movement to change our communities, schools, and our state to put an end to childhood obesity. Kids don’t have the freedom in today’s world to play outside nearly as much as I did when I was their age. When I was growing up, my siblings and I spent our afternoons running wild in our “backyard”. We spent time hopping off hay barrels into hay piles and following creeks just to see where they go. My mom literally rang a big ole cow bell to call us home for dinner. I wish I could give my kids that freedom now, but this is a different time and we don’t live in the backwoods of a small southern town anymore. That’s why it is so important that kids have recess and PE. We need to remind schools that recess is important, safe routes to walk or bike to school are important, and healthy lunches are important.
Join me in signing the pledge to end childhood obesity at NoMore24.org. No more 24, Colorado! Are you in? Childhood obesity ends with you.