SparkResident Stepfanie Romine's blog the other day about the fattening of America got me going on a roll, which I posted at her blog, but thought I would share it with others here as you all KNOW how this topic gets me GOING...!
Look, stressful finances have little to do with making poor food choices. There are plenty of healthy food choices for people on a budget. We have been "trained" by Corporate America via zillions of advertising dollars channeled through many media sources to salivate over chocolate decadent doo-hickeys which promote ill health. Should media and corporations choose to we could be similarly salivating over broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts!
I have ranted a bit here and there in my blogs about this: Corporate America is looking to cash in as much as possible in as many ways as possible. Whether to our detriment or not matters naught.
We need to:
1) educate as many as possible, SPREAD THE SPARK far and wide:
2) vote with our $$$ and stop buying harmful foods with empty calories. Corporate America is listening and following our healthier trends. Kentucky GRILLED Chicken didn't happen by coincidence! Smart consumers are informing Corporate America that they aren't interested in buying harmful foods! We want HEALTHFUL consequences to our spending!
3) Push our politicians, who are there to SERVE US CITIZENS, to put our tax dollars at work creating healthier communities where walking, biking, skating and otherwise being more active is not only EASY and FREE, but a FUN, JOYOUS time! Check out Jim Sallis' research on "walkable communities":
Praise lawmakers for any steps which have been taken in this direction and keep PUSHING FOR MORE! Here is a site where you can do just that!
How "walkable" is YOUR community?
Attend city council meetings, write letters, keep the pressure on!
WE here at SparkPeople have found answers to the obesity epidemic. But we owe it to our communities to Spread the Spark and pass along the enthusiasm and pizzazz of living healthy and well lifestyles!