Why is Commit 2B Fit necessary?
Schools nationwide are realizing the need for nutrition and physical education at the same time that they’re being squeezed by severe budgetary cutbacks and additional academic requirements. We can’t afford to wait for those circumstances to change.
Commit 2B Fit was designed by an educator to be easily integrated into the school day. Individual and corporate donations enable us to provide the program to most schools at no cost to them. Most importantly, the Commit 2B Fit has been proven to be effective tool in teaching young kids the importance of sound nutrition and regular physical activity.
Why focus on kids and not parents or other consumers?
- Because creating good habits from scratch is easier than having to change bad ones first. In the modern world, teaching kids the habit of sound nutrition and regular activity is as important for their future well being as teaching them computer skills.
- Also, reaching kids today is the only way to prevent obesity from becoming America’s No. 1 health care issue tomorrow. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has predicted that diabetes alone will affect 1 in 3 Americans by 2050. That’s a 207% increase.
- Add to this other obesity-related issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, circulation and breathing problems, arthritis and some cancers, and it’s easy to see why health experts are predicting our kids could be the first generation of Americans to live shorter lives than their parents…if we don’t act now!
Why you should be concerned about obesity even if no one in your family is obese?
- Obesity rates in the U.S. grew 37 percent between 1998 and 2006, increasing health care costs by $40 billion per year.
- Obese Americans spend 42% more for medical care than their normal-weight peers.
- The cost to the U.S. government of treating just diabetes was $174 billion in 2007. At current projections, the cost of diabetes alone will eventually cripple our health care system.
- Obese workers average 183.6 absentee days (per 100 employees) vs. 14.1 days for recommended-weight adults. Obese workers also file twice as many workers’ comp claims.
- If obesity continues to rise at current rates, the impact on the American economy will be devastating and will have to be absorbed by all of society.
How did this happen?
- Over the past few decades, food production has been taken over by large multinationals that produce highly processed and inexpensive foods that are over-salted, over-sugared and filled with preservatives and empty calories.
- On average, 75% of kids eat fast food in any given week.
- Over the past 25 years, many of our children have exchanged physical outdoor play for sedentary activities centered around TV, computers and video games.
- A whopping 69% of our nine- to 13-year-olds do not participate in organized sports or physical activity outside of school, and 25% of kids only get 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
- Only 8% of elementary schools, 6% of middle schools, and 5.8% of high schools offer daily physical education.
Can I use the Commit 2B Fit program at home?
Yes, Commit 2B Fit offers materials that can be used at home, either in conjunction with school-based program or as a stand-alone.
How much of my donation is used for program costs?
Commit 2B Fit is composed almost entirely of committed volunteers and has nominal overhead costs. As a result, 80% goes into developing, providing and implementing the Commit 2B Fit program in schools throughout South Florida.