One of our biggest challenges is finding adults (i.e. parents and educators, including physical educators) who actually believe that today’s kids can be systematically motivated enough to tackle a difficult task like learning to do pull ups, in front of their peers and stick with it week after week, month, after month, all year long, until they naturally immunize themselves against obesity for life.That is to say, it’s easy for most adults agree with the claim that kids who can do pull ups are never obese. Most have witnessed that during their school years. Furthermore they also agree with the claim that those kids who successfully learn to do pull ups have naturally immunized themselves against obesity for life as long as they maintain the ability, because they intuitively know that people who can do pull ups can’t be obese.Too Much for Them to SwallowBut to think that today’s generation of couch potato laden, video gamed, fast food oriented kids can be systematically motivated enough to take the action necessary to learn to do pull ups is just more than most parents or educators can swallow. And when adults really believe that it can’t be done, the world’s simplest solution to childhood obesity never even gets a chance to succeed. As we all know, when you fail to try at anything, failure becomes a foregone conclusion, a self-fulfilling prophecy.Aimed at Adults Who Refuse to Quit on KidsWith all that said, this message is aimed at those unique parents and educators who refuse to believe that today’s kids are just too lethargic, too preoccupied, too self absorbed, and too lazy to tackle a difficult task like pull ups, in front of their peers, week after week, month after month, all year long until they finally succeed. If you refuse to swallow this conventional indoctrination then consider the following scenario.A Two Factor ProblemChildhood obesity can be boiled down into two simple factors. If kids eat better and exercise more, there are very few of them who are unable to eliminate obesity from their lives for ever and ever. That being the case, the issue can be boiled down even further. Childhood obesity prevention is all about motivating kids to eat better and exercise more. Yes, it’s all about motivation, motivation, and more motivation.The Two Components of MotivationMotivation in this case has two components including regular, documented progress, and regular peer approval/celebration. In other words, in this program most participants can actually see themselves growing a little bit stronger (it’s documented twice a week) week after week for eight, ten, and even twelve consecutive weeks before they reach a point where the workload becomes seriously challenging. Most kids then are easily motivated by experiencing a regular (and tangible) return on their investments of time and effort week after week, month after month, all year long.Not only that, every time they finish a set of pull ups they get high fives and are congratulated by their peers and teachers for eight, ten, or twelve straight weeks. Under these conditions it doesn’t take long for these kids to understand that succeeding in public at a difficult task in front of your friends is FUN, and it’s something to take pride in.And When the Going Gets ToughUnder these conditions, when the challenge increases and the going gets tough, these same kids will dig down a little deeper in order to find a way to keep that regular success and public adulation flowing freely. It’s cool. And once they recognize that they’re so close to the finish line, you’d be amazed at how dedicated these 21st century kids can be to mastering the art of pulling their own weight. That level of dedication I like to call Relentless Persistence and it’s the key of keys to winning in life.But When the Adults Fail to Believe…But the unique experience of seeing kids develop their own personalized edition of relentless persistence is only possible when the adults who work with them cough up the conventional (no we can’t) kool-aid and understand that 21st century kids want to succeed just as much as generations of kids before them. You just have to present them with the right opportunity in the right light and let them get after it. In the process they’ll naturally immunize themselves against obesity for life by learning to physically handle their own weight. A greater educational achievement would be hard to imagine.
America has lots of big problems today, but none is bigger and more threatening than the shattered economy that the Obama administration is attempting to patch back together in the wake of our economic 9/11. And, according to most experts, on both sides of the political isle, the biggest and most challenging problem for the economy is the out of control cost of healthcare which as quadrupled over the past decade while wages have stagnated or lost ground. Left unchecked healthcare costs will consume 50% of GDP by 2020 and in the process it will provide America’s Titanic with its own iceberg.A Malignant TumorNow, within the issue of healthcare sits a malignant tumor that the most recent Surgeon General has labeled America’s # 1 health threat, the terrorist within, and worse than smoking or HIV Aids.” It’s known as OBESITY. Obesity and related medical problems not only cost American taxpayers $147 BILLION ANNUALLY, but it also ruins the lives of millions of otherwise productive American citizens every year.Connecting the Dots…In other words, solving the obesity epidemic (starting with a viable childhood obesity prevention strategy) automatically brings healthcare costs under control. And bringing healthcare costs under control automatically lifts a humongous burden off of America’s crippled economy, allowing it to breathe freely and to redevelop the strength and vitality for which it’s been known for over two hundred years now.Pie in the Sky Double Talk Without…However, all that is theoretical conjecture, pie in the sky double talk, another bridge that leads to nowhere without a viable solution to the obesity epidemic. And over the past decade America has spent countless billions on researching everything under the sun in the name of stomping out childhood obesity. But to date we’re losing ground at every turn, while millions of kids (around the globe) continue to be sucked into the childhood obesity sewer and as the result, they’re scarred for life.Functional Acid Test StrategyIn that light let’s introduce a solution that the American Society of Exercise Physiologists has described as “A simple, easily implemented, easily documented, and AFFORDABLE SOLUTION TO CHILDHOOD OBESITY.” In some circles this strategy is known as a functional acid test and it’s built on three simple observations.First it says that kids who can physically pull their own weight (i.e. do pull ups) are NEVER OBESE. Second it says that, if started young, before supersizing takes root, and if given access to the right information, most kids can learn to do pull ups in a predictable amount of time (i.e. one school year). Third, it concludes that if observations number one and two are correct, then it logically follows that MOST KIDS CAN NATURALLY IMMUNIZE THEMSELVES AGAINST OBESITY FOR LIFE by learning and maintaining the ability to do pull ups. How simple and cost effective is that?Tens of Thousands of Meaningful JobsAll this being the case, we’ll throw one more very important log onto this enlightening fire when we add that it’s very easy to teach people how to help kids learn to physically pull their own weight. This could easily be done through local community colleges around the nation where we could quickly develop an army of people who are qualified and capable of helping kids learn to physically pull their own weight and to naturally immunize themselves against obesity for life in Head Start programs, schools, park districts, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA’s, Scouts, etc. all over the US.A Two-For One We Can Ill Afford To Pass UpIn other words this simple strategy not only cost effectively eliminates obesity and related problems in a predictable amount of time, and saves Americans $147 Billion a year, but it also creates tens of thousands of MEANINGFUL JOBS while it helps jump start the economy at the same time! A more potent two-for one deal would be very hard to imagine at this moment in time. Now this is a change we could all believe in. Cash for Clunkers, take a back seat.