One in three adults over 20 years old in America are overweight and one in three are obese increasing their risk for chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, depression and osteoporosis. Obesity is a national health crisis that the nation is facing and it has to be addressed now. One hundred forty seven billion dollars are spent in direct and indirect cost. The obesity epidemic compounds the national debt crisis because as people get sicker, Medicaid and Medicare health expenditure increases likewise. Some of the contributing factors identified are decrease physical activity, eating larger portion sizes, too much processed foods, stress, not enough whole grains, fruits and vegetables and inability for low-income families to access healthy foods.
United States First Lady Michelle Obama launched “Let’s Move” in February 2010 to help the obesity problem. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is among the 50 faith based and community organizations in supporting this national initiative to fight the epidemic of obesity. The “Let’s Move” initiative is consistent with the Church’s Mission in restoring the total person physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.
The Health Message has been given to the Church over a 150 years ago by Ellen White. With a membership of over 17 million in over 232 countries, this is the period in time wherein we as Adventist can siege the moment and share this message to many who are sick and suffering.
El Paso Central English Church is joining the “Let’s Move” initiative by:
1. Logging miles and activities in the in the Adventist Instep for Life website
2. Offering Full Plate Diet Program to church members
3. Coordinating a Community Garden at El Paso Junior Academy
4. Participating in the “Let’s Move Day” on September 23, 2012