Bob’s Blog: Spreading the Word About Healthy Lifestyles
The BSA has aligned with several organizations that share a goal to promote healthier lifestyles among young people. Recently, a new initiative, Healthy Kids Out of School, was announced at the Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Partnership for a Healthier America.
This initiative is being driven by ChildObesity180, an organization that fosters collaboration among diverse leaders across the country to reverse the trend of childhood obesity within a generation. Other organizations include the BSA, Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Council of La Raza, the National Council of Youth Sports, the National Urban League, Pop Warner, US Youth Soccer, the YMCA, and 4-H.
The BSA joined leaders from these organizations to develop universal nutrition and physical activity principles from a broad list of recommendations, based on scientific evidence, for combating childhood obesity. This was a terrific collaborative effort.
We all agreed upon three sustainable, actionable principles that are flexible and can be adapted for different environments and cultures. They are:
- Drink Right. Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Move More. Boost movement and physical activity in all programs.
- Snack Smart. Fuel up on fruits and vegetables.
This endeavor is a natural fit for us. Our SCOUTStrong program, launched earlier this year, is encouraging Scouts across the nation—as well as those not in Scouting—to adopt healthier lifestyles. By collaborating with Healthy Kids Out of School and other great initiatives, we can help that message resonate more broadly and with greater impact. That’s important for building our next generation of leaders.
I hope Scouts in your units are actively pursuing their SCOUTStrong PALA emblem and are sharing the principles of this initiative with others. Efforts such as SCOUTStrong and Healthy Kids Out of School are only as good as the people who strive to accomplish the programs’ goals and promote their virtues.
Let’s do all we can to kick unhealthy lifestyles to the curb and keep our young people strong and healthy.