Posts Tagged ‘Health And Fitness’

March Is National Nutrition Month

March is “National Nutrition month” which was developed in 1973 as a way to increase the public’s awareness of good nutrition.

This years theme is “Enjoying the Taste of Eating Right” which encourages you to make healthy choices that also taste good so that you will enjoy what you eat.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics directed me to a tip sheet about 20 ways to enjoy more fruits and veggies and I thought it had some great ideas.  Here are a few ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your families diet. Find more tips at:

http://www.kiddoscatering.com

1.         Wake up to fruit. Make a habit of adding fruit to your morning oatmeal, ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle.

2.         Variety abounds when using vegetables as pizza topping. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.

3.         Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana

4.         Make a veggie wrap with roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese rolled in a whole-wheat tortilla

G3 is committed to motivating youth to “Get Moving, Get Knowledge, Get Healthy and Strong”. Join us for fun fitness classes that include tasteful Nutrition lessons. Contact us at g3healthandfitness@gmail.com to learn more about ongoing classes for kids 8-13.

Yours in Health and Fitness,

Cynthia Carpenter

G3 Working to Help Solve the Obesity and Hunger Crisis

Many years ago, as a newspaper reporter in New York, I wrote a series about living conditions among migrant laborers on Long Island. These people and their families lived in squalid labor camps in communities that were right next to the Hamptons, where some of the wealthiest people in America spent their summers. Although the workers passed their days picking potatoes, tomatoes and other vegetables, they had little access to a balanced diet and no decent kitchens in which to prepare meals.

I thought until recently that this problem had been solved in our country. Then I became active in G3 Health and Fitness, a New Jersey not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing obesity in children, especially in Burlington and Gloucester Counties.  I learned that one-third of children in America are obese and that the numbers for the counties where G3 does most of its work are hardly better. For example, 37% of non-Hispanic black children in Gloucester County are obese.

Particularly shocking is the fact that, in the middle of this epidemic of obesity, there is a parallel epidemic of hunger. One in four children in our country don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Many of them go to school without breakfast, which has a major effect on their ability to learn. Don’t think that there aren’t plenty of these children in the communities right around us.

If you haven’t seen it already, I recommend that you watch a new documentary film called “A Place at the Table,” which tells the story of several American families and their struggle to give themselves decent food. This movie is available for free at Xfinity on Demand and I strongly urge you to see it.

As I said, obesity and hunger are actually related problems. Buying healthy fresh ingredients is actually more expensive than buying sugar and salt-filled fast food and snacks. Even for middle class families, and especially for working parents who have little time to prepare healthy meals, a diet almost guaranteed to make the family fat is difficult to avoid.

G3 has been working on this problem in many ways, with exercise classes, health and nutrition talks and other programs. Most recently, G3 instituted a 10-week program at the Kennedy Center in Willingboro to teach children and their parents about a healthy lifestyle. Most important, the program is designed to be fun, including dodge ball, kick boxing, Zumba, cooking demonstrations and other activities that all participants will love. The classes are taught by a registered dietician and a personal trainer.

Working together, we can solve the obesity and the hunger crisis, here and throughout America. Let’s get started.
 

G3 Health And Fitness – Earth Day

G3 Health and Fitness, Inc. spent a part of Earth Day – April 22nd – with an energetic Girl Scouts troop from the Burlington-Camden County area.  The Girl Scouts, some of their moms and leaders participated in a lively, fun, and educational, free fitness Jamboree held at the Kennedy Center in Willingboro, NJ.
 
G3 volunteers, dedicated to the fight against childhood obesity and to helping families, led all of the sessions.
 
Vikki, a skilled trainer and G3 leader, got the group fired up with Zumba, a Latin-inspired fitness dance party.  By the end of the session, group members had boosted their metabolism …. doing it to hip-hop and Cumbia music.
 
Nicole, a spunky, registered dietitian, brought a fresh, interactive learning approach, which encouraged the girls to look for ways to eat healthier.
 
Sue, another G3 leader and expert trainer, directed the group with gentle Yoga poses, designed to relax their muscles and decreased their heart rate.
 
After such an impactful fitness workshop on Earth Day, I thought about the parallels between the “Earth Day” and “Let’s Move” initiatives. Just as the environmental movement was mobilized in Congress by a bi-partisan effort to establish Earth Day, so has First Lady Michelle Obama started a national movement to take better care of our bodies with healthier diets and more physical activity.   Evidence of Earth Day’s success can be seen in widespread recycling, creation of the EPA, toxic substance controls and other environmental actions. Mrs. Obama’s initiative is starting a movement that crosses generations.  “Let’s Move” has been successful in passing the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which provides that all children have access to healthier foods at school.  With this act, the amount of fruits and veggies has doubled in school lunches.
 
The Healthy US School program has been rolled into “Let’s Move” challenges schools to meet the highest national standards for nutrition and physical activity.  Several large chain grocers have committed to reduce prices of fresh produce and to reformulate many of their private-label processed foods by 2015 to reduce sodium, sugar and trans fats.
 
G3’s mission is to fight childhood obesity, by helping families:  Get Moving, Get Knowledge, Get Healthy and Strong. Local programs like the one G3 held for the Girl Scouts, help families spend quality time together, while learning about good food choices so they can get healthy and strong.  Why don’t you join our Movement during Fitness Month? Get the G-facto! We need volunteers to help to change people’s lives.
 
 

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

G3 Health and Fitness Can Help

The New Year is a revitalizing time for reflection and goal setting, not only for you but for the whole family.  Studies show that the top New Years resolutions are about weight loss, and exercise.

Since one-third of families are fighting the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, why not resolve as a family to take on the G3 challenge, to “Get Moving, Get Knowledge, Get Healthier and Strong.”

Start with simple and fun exercises to Get Moving. Sign up for an up-coming G3 Zumba class or simply start walking. Walking is exercise! Walking prevents type 2 diabetes, strengthens the heart, is good for the brain and bones. Walking is a way for families to spend quality time together and it helps alleviate anxiety. It has also been reported to reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer.

Resolve to spend quality time with your family in the kitchen too. Here are a few quick, healthy snacks you can try together.

  1. Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite-size pieces.  Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.
  2. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.

 

G3 Health and Fitness understands that to win the fight against Childhood Obesity the whole family must be involved. Our mission is to offer fun exercise classes, and provide Health and Nutrition education in the community. We will expand our program to include Parent/child classes. Exercise classes is good way for the family to spend quality time together and Get Healthy and Strong.

 

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Have a Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year!

 

Cynthia C.

G3 Health and Nutrition Series Offered at the Kennedy Center, Willingboro

G3 Health and Nutrition Series
Offered at the Kennedy Center, Willingboro

Those of you following G3 Health and Fitness have learned that we keep pretty busy. G3 has to stay busy to battle childhood obesity. 
With one in four children in the Philadelphia area classified as obese,  G3 Health and Fitness hopes to have everyone in Willingboro and the surrounding areas capture the G-Factor: Get Moving, Get knowledge and Get Healthy and Strong.  If it isn’t the exhilarating, fast-paced Zumba class geared for children, then it is developing informative health tips for their parents!    

Beginning Tuesday October 11th, 2011 G3 Health and Fitness, in conjunction with the Willingboro Recreation and Parks Department, will launch a six week Health and Nutrition Series for parents, as well as a  Zumba class twice a week for children

The G3 Health and Nutrition Series is taught by professionals – Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Dentists and Nutritionists.  It is free of charge, although donations are always welcome.  Seminars are from 6-6.45pm on Tuesdays.

October 11     – Halting Hypertension
October 18     – Controlling Diabetes
October 25     – Necessity of Nutrition
November 1   – Battling Obesity
November 8   – Sexual Health
November 15 – Dental Health and Your Family  

G3’s Zumba for Kids is all about an effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired fitness dance party specially choreographed for children.  It focuses on increasing their self-confidence, boosting metabolism and enhancing coordination….all wrapped up in music they love like Hip-Hop, Reggae, Cumbia and more.  G3 Zumba for Kids class runs from October 11 to November 17th on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm.  The cost for Residents is $30/6 wks, Non-Residents: $37/6 wks. 

So why not sign your child up for the Zumba for Kids class and stop on into a free seminar?  Learn a little something to help yourself and your family while your child is off dancing and having fun!

Registration for the Health and Nutrition seminars are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.  To register contact the Willingboro Recreation and Parks Department (609) 877.5700. 

For more information about G3 Health and Fitness contact us at 
g3healthandfitness@gmail.com or www.G3HealthandFitness.org.

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Challenging Childhood Obesity

When I was approached to join G3 Health and Fitness I immediately accepted.  I personally have several family members who suffer from adverse health conditions due to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.  The fact is that one of every three children in America is now considered overweight or obese, and childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The results have been an increased potential for obesity-related diseases that include type-2 diabetes, asthma, hypertension, high cholesterol, bone and joint problems, and sleep apnea. It is also linked to a range of social and psychological issues including poor self-esteem, depression, withdrawal and poor peer relationships. Children and adolescents who are overweight are more likely to become adults who are overweight.

What can we do?

Encourage a healthy lifestyle

By highlighting the positive turn bike riding, walking, running into family outings.   G3 Health and Fitness has found that kids who exercise often have a healthier body weight than kids who don’t exercise. Children and teens should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity at least 3-5 days a week. Remember that children imitate adults. Start adding physical activity to your own daily routine and encourage your children to join you.

Some examples of moderate intensity physical activity include:
•    Brisk walking
•    Playing tag
•    Jumping rope
•    Playing soccer
•    Swimming
•    Dancing

Encourage healthy eating habits.

Help your children and family develop healthy eating habits:
•    Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.
•    Include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products.
•    Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils, and beans for protein.
•    Serve reasonably-sized portions.
•    Encourage your family to drink lots of water.
•    Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
•    Limit consumption of sugar and saturated fat.

Remember that small changes every day can lead to a recipe for success!

Susan Ball

Join the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Change is sometimes a good thing, but when it comes to children’s physical activity and nutrition, the changes that we have seen over the past decade are not positive. About 1/3 of all children in America are obese. Childhood Obesity is escalating at a disproportionate rate, especially in the African American communities. When we think about the correlation between obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, the numbers are staggering.

So what’s changed? I recently heard Dr. Darrin Anderson share information on Childhood Obesity. He cited three main causes:
1. Less active playtime
2. Eating more fast food
3. In poorer communities there are fewer corner grocers in walking distance selling fresh vegetables and fruit.

I can relate to all three of them. Reflecting on my childhood, I remember walking several blocks to school. All the kids on the street spent a big part of their free time having fun running and playing outside. We didn’t eat at fast food restaurants instead our Moms cooked at home.

Today, things are different for our kids. If they are not involved with organized sports, then TV, computer and video games may fill a big chunk of their time. The only exercise they’re getting with these activities are pushing the remote buttons or jumping up to get snacks filled with sugar and fat.

Here is the good news! G3 Health and Fitness is a non-profit corporation which was formed to fight Childhood Obesity. As a pharmaceutical rep calling on Dialysis clinics, I saw firsthand how poor diet and inactivity can lead to fatal chronic diseases. Our team of professionals working on this initiative is passionate and committed about the health of our children. We are partnering with community centers and organizations to offer fun fitness sessions, demo healthy cooking and offer health and wellness education. G3’s vision is comprehensive, including volunteer opportunities for upper level students to stay active through a mentoring program. This blog is dedicated to keeping the issue of Childhood Obesity front and center. G3 Health and Fitness goal is to help kids and their families get the G Factor – “Get Moving, Get Knowledge and Get Healthy and Strong.”

Cynthia Carpenter

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