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8-30-12 Seventh-day Adventist Churches Promote Let’s Move Initiative
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Adventists Nationally Say Yes to Healthy Kids and Families
 
Volunteers swarmed the 200-plot community garden project on Let's Move Day, which offered plenty of activity for all ages
 
[Silver Spring, Md.] 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, bigger portion sizes, more refined foods, 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 supports this national initiative to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity with 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 23 as “Let’s Move! Day.” “More than ever the time has come for God's message of healing and restoration to be heard. Let’s Move Day is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact for Christ in our communities,” said Katia Reinert, PhDc, CRNP, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC, FCN, director of Adventist health ministries.
 
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America has set the following goals for the Let’s Move initiative:
 
1. Increase physical activity by:
    • Accumulating 2 million miles through Instep for Life or other activities
    • 60% of Adventist students achieving the NAD and President Active Lifestyle Awards
 
2. Focus on Improve diet with more fruit and vegetable servings by:
    • Launching 100 summer feeding sites (VBS, camps, community service activities)
    • Starting 100 vegetable gardens in schools and/or churches
 
The main idea is to engaging kids, youth, parents, schools and the community in working together to fight obesity.
 
Various Seventh-day Adventist organizations (church, schools, etc.) will be participating in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s national Let’s Move Day on Sunday, September 25. In Queens, New York, Reinert and other Adventist leaders will be present for the Let’s Move Day 5K Fun Run event in Flushing Meadow Park from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Confirmed guests include: Dr. Ian Smith, President’s Council of Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, White House; Jaime R. Torres, DPM, MS, regional director, Region II, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Dr. Michelle Davis, regional health administrator, Region II, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Also invited is Yvonne J. Graham, NY Department of Health.
 
To learn more about the Adventists InStep for Life initiative, please visit www.adventistsinstepforlife.org
 
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600 USA
Telephone: 301-680-6400
Fax: 301-680-6464
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