Here at the Curvy Girl Guide we are proud to celebrate all body types from all ends of the spectrum and we embrace the “Curvy Girl Ideal” that we should all feel comfortable in our own skin. We also think your health (physical and mental) should come first, and we know that learning healthy habits starts at a young age. If there is anything that has become clear in the past few years, it is that many of our nation’s children are missing out on information to help them make healthy lifestyle choices later in life.
Enter Walmart, (often appropriately typecast as a corporate villain) doing a little good in the community. According to US Politics Today; “A $1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation will allow the Institute for America’s Health to expand its celebrated school-based anti-obesity program to reach 80 elementary schools in Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC, and Alabama in the upcoming school year.”
One million dollars can go a long way, and rather than using the popular fat-shaming techniques, the IAH “WAY” program “integrates an interactive wellness program into the core classroom curriculum, while keeping the program aligned with curriculum requirements and state-educational standards. WAY embeds nutrition education and physical activity in an approach that motivates and assists students in maintaining and improving their health, preventing disease and reducing risky health-related behaviors (e.g., tobacco and substance abuse).”
We all like to indulge and few people can say they have never skipped a workout to instead sit on the couch and catch up on television- but when kids don’t learn that physical activity and healthy food are part of a healthy lifestyle, we are setting up our future generation to struggle with weight, health and nutrition their entire lives. I for one am glad to see Walmart stepping up and helping communities in need.
Daisy is a lawyer married to a lawyer (insert lawyer jokes here) living in a small condo in a big city with a new baby and beagle. She breaks up the legal-speak by blogging about life in Chicago, which is filled with escapades of urban living. In the summer she enjoys patio dining and in the winter wonders what she was thinking when she moved here. You can read more from Daisy on her blog, Just Daisy.
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