- Posted December 2, 2012 by
Poughkeepsie, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge
Ready for a Reset
The only way to make change for children is to get the adults around them to embrace change. Forty percent of the children in the program I serve were overweight or obese based on last year's data. These children are all one to four years old. When I look into the future for them I know statistics don't get better. They are all from low-income, at-risk families.
I want so much to inspire the adults who care for these children. By participating in Fit Nation I want to take the parents and staff of the program along on my journey. Show them that we all can change, to lead by example. I have spent plenty of time over the years giving workshops for parents and trainings for the staff and still we have these alarming statistics. It is time for something more - something BIG.
If families and staff can see me working for change at my age then they can believe it about themselves. As much as I need to get in shape to help me live the life I would like, it is also important for the children and their families.
I have just turned 50 and am realizing that I likely have less time ahead than I have behind me. I want the time ahead to be active and full of adventure. I want to be able to explore and experience. My family health history wouldn't lead one to be extraordinarily hopeful. On my maternal side there is a strong history of cancers, you name it they've had it. My mom has had breast cancer. On my paternal side cardiovascular disease, my dad had a stroke at 40! I need to make some serious changes in order to live the life I imagine for myself. I am ready for Dr. Gupta's reset button, fully understanding it is not the "easy button" but ready to dig in and make serious changes for myself.