Lose Weight And Feel Healthy By Cycling

By Michael Peggs

BikingCycling is a fun and healthy exercise for all the family. Not only is it a great way to get everyone together and outside in the fresh air, away from their iPads, but it can also improve your family’s fitness, and help your children to lose weight and feel healthy. There are so many benefits to cycling but let’s start with the most important. As one of the easiest aerobic exercises, cycling burns a ton of calories and can help to combat obesity.

With nearly 78 million adults and 13 million children dealing with obesity problems every day in the US, this real health issue has been exacerbated by our sedentary lifestyles, computer games, processed foods and activities that replace physical exercise. While you may be no Martha Stewart in the kitchen and struggle to provide nutritious balanced meals for your kids every day, getting them on their bikes, even just two or three times a week, will be a great help. Nearly one in three kids in the US today is overweight or obese; don’t let yours be one of them.

Cycling also causes our hearts to beat steadily and improves overall cardiovascular fitness, which can decrease the risk of developing heart diseases by as much as a half. So, not only will you be helping your kids lose weight, but they will also be warding off potentially life threatening conditions later on. What’s more, while it’s rather an exaggeration to say that cycling will ensure your kids don’t smoke or drink later on, it may well be a deterrent, as the lung capacity needed for constant stamina on a bike is significantly affected by smoking and most people who cycle have a lower desire to smoke or drink.

Cycling is also a relatively cheap way of keeping your family fit. Once you buy the bike and the helmet, the cost of maintenance is very low and you don’t have to pay regular subscriptions. You also have the bike at your beck and call 24 hours a day and don’t have to fit in with a gym timetable or soccer practice dates. Fixies are currently hot right now and that’s good news for parents, as these fixed gear city bikes are inexpensive and provide endless customization possibilities that let your kids identify with their bike and give it a color and personality of its own.

Cycling to school instead of taking the bus, or instead of you having to drive them can also save you considerable money on bus fare or gas. If you want to set a good example for your kids, you can even think about cycling to work. Not only will you feel better and set a healthy pattern for your kids to follow but it will help you to lose weight and help save the environment in the process.

Last but not least, cycling can also make your children feel happier. The released endorphins from regular exercise, combined with being outside and enjoying nature will help them to study and sleep better, let off steam and be happier. So, the next time you see bikes for sale, just think about all the benefits you could be bringing yourself and your family.

– Michael Peggs is the founder of digital marketing agency Marccx Media, where they specialize in SEO and Content Marketing. Before Marcxx, Peggs worked at Google in business development, forming digital media and advertising partnerships. He is also a blogger and podcaster, hosting the iTunes Top 10 New & Noteworthy podcast You University – The Personal Branding Podcast.

How To Keep Your Food – And Your Insulin – Down During The Holidays

This article is courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine, please share your comments below…..

partycelebrateDon’t let holiday feasts come back to haunt you – planning meals can help those with acid reflux and diabetes enjoy the festive foods, said experts at Baylor College of Medicine.

“Advanced meal planning will ensure that people with stricter diets have items to enjoy,” said Dr. Mohamed Othman, assistant professor of medicine – gastroenterology at Baylor.

Acid reflux

Acid reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach come back up into the esophagus, which can result in heartburn or belly discomfort. By standing upright after eating, gravity helps keep the contents of the stomach down.

“Do not lay down immediately after your meal,” Othman said. “It takes four hours for the stomach to empty solid contents and two hours for liquid content.”


For those with diabetes, overindulgence can lead to more serious health concerns, said Dr. Alan Garber, professor of medicine – diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism at Baylor.

“Holiday food tends to be rich in carbohydrates and fats, and both of these may increase insulin requirements,” he said. “You should be aware of the amount of sugar in holiday treats.”

What to do

Modifying eating habits can alleviate reflux symptoms. If suffering from acid reflux, Othman recommended avoiding the following foods and drinks:

* Chocolate
* Mint
* Fried foods
* Wine
* Coffee

Brief walks after meals and adopting a more active lifestyle in general can improve reflux symptoms, he said.

Garber offers these tips to help diabetics manage holiday eating:

* Look for sugar-free items at the grocery store

* Control your portions

* High-fat meals independently produce insulin resistance and raise insulin requirements, so be sure sugar-free items are not high in fat

* Avoid alcoholic drinks

While it is important to be aware and cautious of what you are eating and how it affects your health, Baylor experts advise focusing on the fun of the holidays rather than the restrictions.

$1 Million Scholarship Award

This article is courtesy of PRWeb and my Alma Mater, Monclair State University…..

teensFifty northern New Jersey high school students will be able to achieve their dreams of receiving a Montclair State University education thanks to a $1 million gift from the Give Something Back Foundation (GSBF). The award, which was presented by GSBF founder Robert Carr to Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole at a ceremony today, will enable eligible students to attend Montclair State at no cost for tuition, room or board.

Mayors from five New Jersey municipalities attended the event to show their support for the scholarship and mentoring program that is beginning with a cohort of this year’s ninth graders. The mayors in attendance were Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Montclair Mayor Robert D. Jackson, East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor ll and Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren.

“We are pleased to partner with Montclair State University to realize our vision of making a four-year college education available to qualified, hard-working and deserving students of modest means,” said Carr. “We target students who may not go to college because they have already made up their minds they won’t be able to afford it. Montclair State shares our unwavering commitment to helping these students obtain a high-quality education and achieve their full potential.”

In accepting the $1 million check, Cole thanked Carr and his foundation and noted that this program helps to support “Montclair State’s mission to create and sustain a learning community that is deeply and broadly reflective of the diverse population of New Jersey.

“We are delighted and grateful that the Give Something Back Foundation is expanding its reach in northern New Jersey to help make a college education more affordable and accessible for deserving and talented low-income students.”

This year, the GSBF expanded its program to include New Jersey when it entered into partnerships with Rowan University and The College of New Jersey. Today’s gift makes Montclair State the third New Jersey institution of higher education to partner with GSBF and puts the foundation on track to send 150 students from New Jersey to college at no cost as part of an overall initiative that is empowering more than 1,000 students across the country.

Carr, who is the founder, chairman and CEO of Princeton-based Heartland Payment Systems, traces the idea of the program to the $250 scholarship grant that he received from the Lockport (Ill.) Woman’s Club when he was a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. That money helped offset some of his college costs, and he vowed to someday give back to the club. Forty years later – on the organization’s 100th anniversary – Carr presented a $100,000 check for scholarships. Since then, GSBF has awarded more than 250 scholarships in Illinois – and 95 percent of those students have graduated college in four years.

This fall, the Give Something Back Foundation began holding informational sessions throughout New Jersey to identify high-achieving, Pell Grant-eligible high school ninth graders who might eventually be chosen for the foundation’s scholarship support. Students who apply for and are selected for the program will work with mentors who will advise and prepare them for college success. During their high school years, participating students will be expected to meet various GSFB criteria, such as maintaining a 3.0 average, enrolling in honors and AP courses and demonstrating good character. They must also meet Montclair State University’s admissions requirements to qualify for scholarship support. Once enrolled, the program will pay all tuition, fees and room and board costs not covered by other financial aid, so that the students will graduate from college debt-free.

The first class chosen for GSBF scholarships to Montclair State University will begin attending college classes in the fall of 2019.

For information about applying to the scholarship program, visit givesomethingbackfoundation.org.

About Robert Carr and Heartland Payment Systems

Mr. Carr built Heartland Payment Systems from a modest start-up with 25 employees in 1997 into a Fortune 1000 company that today employs more than 4,300. It is one of the largest payment processors in the United States. Heartland’s clients range from major retail chains and restaurants to mom-and-pop stores and websites to colleges’ and school districts in some of America’s largest cities.

In an age of increasing cyber assaults, Carr has led Heartland to become a gold standard in security strategy. After a remarkable recovery from the 2008 international hacking conspiracy, Heartland emerged as a champion in the fight against cybercrime.

Carr is the author of Through the Fires: An American Business Story of Turbulence, Triumph and Giving Back (Amazon, 2014), and he currently is working on his second book about helping young working-class people attend college without going broke.

For more information, visit givesomethingbackfoundation.org or email njinfo(at)givesomethingbackfoundation(dot)org.

Montclair State University

Building on a distinguished 107-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The University’s eight colleges and schools serve over 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate level programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment.

Ringing In The Ears: What Does It Mean?

By Darby Jones

humanearAre you experiencing ringing in your ears, but the room around you is silent? Here we lay out the truth about that ringing in your ears and what it means.

Maybe it came on suddenly or maybe it’s been there for a while. Either way, there it is: a ringing, hissing, clicking or roaring in your ears. But the room around you is silent.

This ringing is tinnitus. According to the National Institutes of Health, tinnitus may be a sign of other health problems, including allergies or high blood pressure. It’s not always clear what causes tinnitus, and the condition can either resolve itself quickly, or become permanent.

The truth about tinnitus

For those who have never experienced tinnitus, it may be difficult to grasp the severity of the condition. Imagine a sound that only you can hear. Now imagine that this sound has overtaken all other sounds and is the only sound you hear clearly. This is what life is like for a tinnitus sufferer.

It is important to note that tinnitus is not a type of hearing loss, but rather a symptom related to it. This ringing in the ears has many possible causes. According to the Mayo Clinic, tinnitus can be caused by age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis. It can be caused by exposure to loud noise, ear wax blockage, and stiffening of the ear bones. Tinnitus can be caused by Meniere’s disease, TMJ disorders, head or neck injuries, benign tumors, blood vessel disorders and certain medications.

One thing is certain: Tinnitus is common. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 45 million Americans have experienced some form of tinnitus. Roughly 20 million people have chronic tinnitus, and 2 million of those have extreme and debilitating cases.

According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), there are two types of tinnitus:

• Subjective tinnitus: Head or ear noises that are heard only by the patient. More than 99 percent of tinnitus cases will be subjective.

• Objective tinnitus: Head and ear noise that is audible to both the patient and other people. These sounds are caused by internal functions, such as blood flow. These cases are very rare.

The treatment

According to the ATA, there is no scientifically validated cure for tinnitus, but treating the root cause or learning to manage the condition are the best options for tinnitus sufferers.

It is noted that tinnitus is often connected to some form of hearing loss, caused either by aging, long-term hearing damage, or acute trauma to the auditory system. In a survey of hearing care professionals, some 60 percent of respondents said their tinnitus patients found relief of the condition by using a hearing aid, and 22 percent found significant relief. The amplification that the hearing aid provides to external noises may also assist in masking the wearer’s tinnitus noise; a dual benefit. Several hearing aid brands today offer a tinnitus control or therapy program with the purpose of helping to ease distracting tinnitus noise, especially while in quiet. This can take away some of the frustration that accompanies tinnitus and improve communication.

Getting it checked out

Because tinnitus can be a symptom of other forms of hearing loss, as well as other health issues, it is important to see a professional for a diagnosis. A hearing care professional, such as those at Miracle-Ear’s 1,200 locations nationwide, conduct and evaluate hearing tests, offers counseling, and fits and tests hearing aids.

Miracle-Ear provides ongoing hearing aid care to those in need. They also provide various hearing aid services that include the following:

• Free office visits and follow-up care

• Face-to-face customer care

• Personalized programming

• Free hearing tests and otoscopic inspection

• Free hearing aid cleaning and adjustments

• A 30-day satisfaction guarantee on almost all hearing aids

• A 3-year warranty on almost all hearing solutions

• Free lifetime checkups

– To learn more about hearing health and to check yours, find a Miracle-Ear location near you and schedule a free hearing test.

5 Enjoyable Ways To Gain More Energy

healthyheartIn our busy world, an extra boost of energy never hurts. This is especially true for the 10-15% of people who say they regularly feel run down. Usually it isn’t a singular issue that leads to exhaustion but rather several overlapping habits that are keeping your body from fully recovering from daily activity.

If you are trying to lose weight the healthy way, energy is important for both your willpower and wellbeing. Making a few enjoyable adjustments could be all you need to power through the day.

Eat Breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal because it revs up our engines, helps us fill up with fuel and keeps blood sugar levels in check. The latter point is much more important than many people realize. When you forgo breakfast you’re much more likely to experience spikes and drastic drops in blood sugar throughout the entire day. Spikes in blood sugar are met with a rush of insulin to control it, and this can cause your energy levels to crash.

A protein packed breakfast is the easiest way to keep blood sugar levels regulated. Follow it up with several small meals and snacks to feel energized all day.

Get Deep Sleep

Sleep is needed for the body to recharge. If you aren’t getting enough in general that’s a problem, but if your sleep is regularly interrupted that can also lower your energy levels. There are four stages of sleep that are cyclical. Deep sleep happens in the last two stages of sleeping, and it’s the most effective at warding off sleep drive during the day. It’s important to go through these stages multiple times in a night because the most impactful deep sleep happens within the first two cycles. If you are constantly waking up you may not be getting enough deep sleep even if you hit the sheets for 7-8 hours a night.

Guzzle Water

waterbottleDehydration is an instant energy zapper. Even mild dehydration will have you dragging your feet no matter how much you exercise. On top of that dehydration will also inhibit your ability to think clearly and affects your mood. How do you know you’re mildly dehydrated? If you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrated. You don’t necessarily have to drink eight glasses of water a day, but it is important to hydrate every few hours.

Get Out in the Sun

Artificial, fluorescent lighting could be draining your energy. Employers are paying attention to new studies that show artificial lighting can negatively affect productivity. A Swiss neurologist found that natural light has the opposite affect. Study participants that spent time out in the sunlight were more alert and less likely to feel sleepy in the late afternoon and early evening.

Meditate Each Morning

A little bit of relaxing me time never hurt anyone, and it can have a positive affect on your energy levels. Starting your day with just 5-10 minutes of meditation has many health benefits, including increased energy levels. The main reason meditation is so great at upping energy levels is because you’re more focused on breathing deeply. When you take shallow breaths you aren’t getting enough oxygen in your body. Deep breaths will flood the body with oxygen helping cells repair themselves, lowering the heart rate and increasing blood circulation – all of which can help you increase your energy.

These are just five easy ways you can start feeling more energized instantly. Tonight get a good night’s sleep, then tomorrow wake up and have a healthy breakfast after meditating for a few minutes. At work keep a bottle of water at your desk as a reminder to drink up, and take it with you on a short afternoon walk outside. You’ll be amazed at how much more energized you feel throughout the day.

CDC Report: Today’s Drug-Resistant Health Threats

This article is courtesy of PRWeb and the CDC, please leave your comments below…..
Improved infection control and antibiotic prescribing could save 37,000 lives over five years.

Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013, presents a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs that have the most impact on human health. This report is also the first time that CDC has ranked these threats into categories of urgent, serious, and concerning.

* In addition to the illness and deaths caused by resistant bacteria, the report found that C. difficile, a serious diarrheal infection usually associated with antibiotic use, causes at least 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths every year.

* The loss of effective antibiotic treatments will not only cripple the ability to fight routine infectious diseases but will also undermine treatment of infectious complications in patients with other diseases. Many advances in medical treatment, such as joint replacements, organ transplants, and cancer therapies, are dependent on the ability to fight infections with antibiotics. If the ability to effectively treat those infections is lost, the ability to safely offer people many of the life-saving and life-improving modern medical advances will be lost with it.

* The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. However, up to half of antibiotic use in humans and much of antibiotic use in animals is unnecessary or inappropriate.

To combat antibiotic resistance, CDC has identified four core actions that must be taken:

1. Preventing Infections, Preventing the Spread of Resistance: Avoiding infections in the first place reduces the amount of antibiotics that have to be used and reduces the likelihood that resistance will develop during therapy;

2. Tracking: CDC gathers data on antibiotic-resistant infections, causes of infections and whether there are particular reasons (risk factors) that caused some people to get a resistant infection;

3. Improving Antibiotic Use/Stewardship: Perhaps the single most important action needed to greatly slow the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant infections is to change the way antibiotics are used;

4. Development of Drugs and Diagnostic Tests: Because antibiotic resistance occurs as part of a natural process in which bacteria evolve, we will always need new antibiotics to keep up with resistant bacteria as well as new diagnostic tests to track the development of resistance.

Vital Signs is a report that appears on the first Tuesday of the month as part of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators.

Don’t Let Your Vacation Sidetrack Your Diet

Submitted by The Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital….

scaleThe dieting has gotten you ready for vacation, but what to do about the tempting foods once the vacation starts?

Kristi King, registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, offers some tips to keep your vacation diet on track.

“Eating out while on vacation can be tricky. You want to enjoy and ‘let loose,’ but you also don’t want those unwanted calories and pounds to sneak up on you,” said King.

She offers the following tips:

* Plan ahead: check out restaurants near where you are staying and get an idea of the local cuisine and menus.

* If you’re renting a house or condo, plan to have some meals at “home.” This saves calories and money.

* Get to know the locals: Grocery shop or find a local farmer’s market as soon as you get there.

* Order half portions at meal times or, better yet, split the meal with the family.

* Get active: Walk for your sightseeing tours, swim in the ocean or hotel pool or find other fun activities such as hiking and biking that will get you moving and burning calories.

* Don’t obsess: Don’t stress over calories on vacation. Enjoy the local cuisine and allow yourself small amounts. A good rule of thumb is to limit local treats to one per day.

5 Simple Ways To Boost Office Morale

collegekidsYou built your company from scratch. It was difficult, but you did it. You overcame obstacles and achieved small victories until you had a success breakout. After that you rode the wave of momentum and your business got bigger and better.

But over the past few months, you’ve noticed a slump in business. Sales have declined. Customers complain more. Refunds are on the rise. People call in sick. More employees are quitting. It also seems to take longer and appears to cost more to launch new initiatives.

Puzzled, you walk around the office, asking questions. You get lethargic answers and lame excuses. You get a poor response to your queries. Then it hits you, morale is low.

Looking around the office with this new perspective, you now see it with new eyes.

Apathy, like a cloud of smog, hovers around the cubicles. People don’t work well with each other. They bicker and complain more than try to work things out. They don’t talk to each other much, either. Nobody shows any initiative. Attitude is bad, and performance even worse.

What can you do to turn things around?

Here are 5 suggestions:

1. Recognize individual achievements. People wilt when their best work goes unrecognized and unappreciated. They lose their drive and ambition. The spark of initiative fades out of their eyes. Offering raises, promotions, and benefits is one way of rewarding consistent hard work. But other ways exist, too. For instance, personally congratulating someone in public for their contribution does wonders.

2. Make the office less boring. Many high-tech businesses have grasped the idea of creating a less somber office environment. People may be allowed to remodel their cubicles to display their idiosyncratic preferences. Or they may be allowed to create their own schedule. An article in New York Times describes how Google does it: “Google lets many of its hundreds of software engineers, the core of its intellectual capital, design their own desks or work stations out of what resemble oversize Tinker Toys. Some have standing desks, a few even have attached treadmills so they can walk while working. Employees express themselves by scribbling on walls. The result looks a little chaotic, like some kind of high-tech refugee camp, but Google says that’s how the engineers like it.”

3. Make break rooms more fun. The idea of a break room is to get away from work for a short while to refresh the mind. Simple changes can have profound effects. Aramark Refreshments suggest refreshment with ice: “Ice machines are a growing treat for employees. Iced tea and coffee help make your workplace more friendly and productive. When employees feel more satisfied with their options, they work harder and more efficiently. And you finish first.” Another popular idea is to have a space for fun and games—video games, pool tables, dart boards.

4. Allow people to do their own thing one day a month. High paced work often forces people to fall behind in their personal projects. Imagine, then, allocating one day a month for people to do their own personal project. This can be anything people want. Perhaps, it’s catching up on their blog, doing their taxes, or planning their vacation. One day to come to the office and work on your own project! The idea of a paid day off has lost its novelty. People often don’t know what to do on this extra day off. But the idea of coming to the office and getting paid to do their own thing appears to fascinate people.

5. Spice things up a little. While predictability is a human need, so is variety. When things get too predictable, they also get boring. How can you make your office less boring? You can change things around a little. Match people with different teams to learn new skills. Change the wall décor once a month to a different nature scene. Focus on task completion rather than how many hours they work. When you think about it, there are many ways to make work more interesting by spicing things up a little.

A Positive Work Environment

Most businesses think of raising morale as offering bonuses, spiffs, perks, rewards, and awards. While these have their place, money and status is not the only reason why people work. They are also looking for a place where they can feel more positive about themselves and their career.

As a business owner, there are many ways to create a positive work environment:

• You can train managers to be more like counselors than school teachers.

• You can create a cash incentive program for the best ideas that will improve your business.

• You can offer mentorships to help people get up to speed in the skills they need to learn to do their work better.

• You can pay for employee’s certification programs to enhance their work skills.

• You can reserve one day a month for a company picnics. It gives people a chance to know each other outside the formality of work.

• You can organize work into teams to break feelings of isolation and to promote camaraderie, feedback loops, more productivity, and better performance. You can even have team competitions.

When people are happier at their work, they will do better work. Figure out what works to raise morale in your business.

Older Brains Can Be Smarter Brains

This article is courtesy of PRWeb, please share your comments below…..

brainAs we age, the brain compensates for slower processing by using more of its capacity for tasks that require reasoning and judgment.

Forgetting a name or two, taking longer to finish the crossword, or finding it hard to manage several tasks at once doesn’t mean dementia is just around the corner. These experiences may actually be signs that the aging brain is changing the way it works. In many ways, it’s actually working better. Older people have better judgment, are better at making rational decisions, and are better able to screen out negativity than their juniors, reports the April 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

“The brain begins to compensate by using more of itself,” explains Dr. Bruce Yankner, professor of genetics and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging at Harvard Medical School.
Here are several ways an older individual may outperform his or her younger self:

Inductive reasoning. Older people are less likely to rush to judgment and more likely to reach the right conclusion based on the information at hand. This is an enormous help in everyday problem solving, from planning the most efficient way to do errands to managing staff at work.

Verbal expression. During middle age, many people continue to expand their vocabulary and hone their ability to express themselves.

Basic math. Splitting the check and figuring the tip when lunching with friends may come easier simply due to years of practice.

Accentuating the positive. The amygdala, the area of the brain that consolidates emotion and memory, is less responsive to negatively charged situations in older people than in younger ones. This may explain why studies have shown that people over 60 tend to brood less.

Read the full-length article: “Why you should thank your aging brain”

Also in the April 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

Do you need an “advanced” cholesterol test?

6 ways to enjoy adding fiber to your diet

How to drive safely at night

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/womens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Love, Compassion, And Childhood Obesity

By Jay Helliwell

The Statistics, Problem, and Truth of Obesity in Children.

active family“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” writes cdc.gov. “In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.”
According to the Letsmove movement, an organization dedicated to raising a healthier generation of kids in America, children who are obese are at the whim of illnesses that target blood pressure, the cardiovascular system, the pancreas, and even their ability to sleep.

“Obese children and teens have been found to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and abnormal glucose tolerance,” they write. “In addition to suffering from poor physical health, overweight and obese children can often be targets of early social discrimination… there have been some studies showing that obese children are not learning as well as those who are not obese.”

It’s obvious: obesity in children and adolescents has not just become another health issue we need to be worried about, it’s become an epidemic of its very own. Millions of children around the world suffer with poor physical health and treatment that results in obesity. Obesity, in turn, results in lack of motivation, less achievement, and lower self-esteem. Young kids with low self-esteem and no motivation aren’t propelled to succeed in life, and these leaders of tomorrow seldom seek and discover the help and guidance they need.

What do you do if your child or one close to you is obese? The very first step in the process is to let them know that you’ll be there for them and supportive. “Children’s feelings about themselves often are based on their parents’ feelings about them,” states an article written on WebMD. “If you accept your children at any weight, they will be more likely to feel good about themselves.” Separation and discrimination are most certainly not the ways to go about reconciling your child about their weight; make sure that they always feel loved, welcomed, and secure when they’re around you, but it’s simultaneously important to let them know they need to begin to take certain steps to become healthier.

Another tip is to gradually increase physical activity and healthier eating habits within the entire family, so that the obese child feels as if everyone else in the family is being involved, too. Family involvement can be a massive esteem-boost and prevents the obese child from “feeling singled-out.” Lead by example, involve everyone in your activities, and always be sensitive to the child’s needs. Insensitivity and lack of initiative are exactly what you want to avoid.

obesityA second measure you can take to conquer child obesity and help ensure your child is getting the treatment he or she needs is to start a medical crowdfund. Plumfund, a website that gives you the tools to start local crowdfund campaigns for fundraising, health needs, and medical bills, is just one of the many options available to you. Oftentimes, when your own funds can’t always cover expenses, it’s a good idea to reach out to family and friends for a helping hand. Plumfund is free of charge, created by real people, for real people; and posts some of their successful campaigns on their home page.

Plumfund also illustrates a quote by Dalai Lama on their home page: “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” No matter how tall, small, thin, or obese a child is, he or she never deserves anything less than to feel like they matter and have a voice in the world; something that these two feelings always provide.

– Submitted by guest author, Jay Helliwell.