Fighting Childhood Obesity! One Tool, one step at a time!
I am passionate about fighting obesity and passionate about helping our youth have the opportunity to live happy healthy productive lives. So it only stands to reason that I am gravely concerned about The Childhood Obesity Epidemic! I have volunteered with Youth Programs for most of my life and left a 28 year career to head a youth serving organization for 3 1/2 years. I am also TheFatGuy!
While watching my own weight bounce around for 33 years of my adult life, I also have watched many children I care deeply about struggle with obesity and the issues that come with it. Obesity is a national issue housed in millions of personal struggles and stories. My own struggle peaked in February of 2009 at 360 pounds and very tight 54" waist pants. Those pants not only held 360 pounds they held a multitude of health issues. The issues included, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, asthma, migraines, sleep issues, back/neck issues, and more. After losing 150 pounds over the next year I came off of 7 different medications and am now in the best shape of my life. Anyone that thinks weight does not cause health issues is fooling themselves. You only have to look at the health I have regained at 55 years of age to see what proper weight with a good diet and exercise can do for your health.
My question to all of you is: Do you want our children growing into my size 54" pants and accumulating all of the health and life issues that come with those pants? My wish for you and the children in your life is that you find your journey to health and fitness and that you help the children in your life develop healthy lifestyle habits.
I have one tool that can help you start your journey today. You can participate in the Youth Marathon Program that is part of the Charleston Marathon. Basically, a child/teenager walks or runs 25 miles between now and January, on the afternoon of January 13th all of the children come out to do their final 1.2 miles with us at the Marathon finish line in North Charleston where they will receive a Marathon medal and shirt based on the race guidelines. IT IS ALL FREE for our kids! To get more info about the Youth Marathon program you can go to fatguydiary.com and click on Charleston Youth Marathon Program on the left side of the page.
Fight Childhood Obesity in September (National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month) and year round. Don't let our children grow into my size 54" pants. Have them take a step in the right direction with our Youth Marathon Program.
Mike (TheFatGuy) Campbell
Volunteer Director of the Charleston Youth Marathon Program