This post is sponsored by the Eat Right. Drink Right. Live Right. videos.
Generation XXL. That’s what they’re calling today’s children. A pretty sad reflection of this country’s food system and advertising mindset if you ask me. If you’ve seen the movie Fed Up, or read the many dire news articles on the subject of childhood obesity, you know how tragic the situation is. Ready for a real shock: experts are saying this could be the first generation that may NOT outlive their parents. Think about that for a minute. Today’s obesity epidemic affects 80% of all families and the truth is, it is preventable.
In a perfect world, the bad, sugar-laden and processed food and pervasive marketing messages would be whisked away to another planet, but we all know that will never happen. We need to figure out how to tackle this problem despite the obvious hurdles. An important way to do that is through education.
Eat Right. Drink Right. Live Right.™ Videos
Nancy Lessner, a medical nutritionist for 20 years that specializes in working with kids, teens and families, has created a set of truly groundbreaking videos to prevent childhood obesity. Her mission is to educate, motivate and empower kids and teens to eat healthy and avoid addictive and toxic foods, drinks and ingredients.
In her many years of practice, Nancy has learned that the key to helping kids eat healthy is getting them to WANT to eat healthy.
Her series of 7 short videos, Eat Right. Drink Right. Live Right., helps kids and teens quickly understand the importance of healthy eating and shows them exactly how to do it. The “bite-size” videos feature a diverse group of kids, amazing (and even shocking) demonstrations that show kids (Nancy doesn’t believe in “telling”) what’s in foods and drinks, and she suggests simple tactics that kids can implement immediately to make positive changes in what they put into their bodies.
The Eat Right. Drink Right. Live Right. series consists of these 7 videos:
- How Much Sugar Kids and Teens Eat (free for everyone in the world to view online!)
- Good and Bad Fast Foods
- The Best and Worst Snacks
- 79 Reasons to Eat Healthy
- How to Read Nutrition Facts Labels
- The Family That’s Doing It Right!
- 20 Great Habits of Healthy Eaters
Nancy gave me a “sneak preview” of two of the videos, and I’ve got to tell you, I was stunned. For example, the staggering amount of sugar that kids consume and what’s inside a chicken nugget (like 38 ingredients) were real eye-openers.
These videos are not just for kids and teens. Parents, siblings and even grandparents should watch them too, so everyone can get on the same page and make healthy eating a family affair.
Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign
The Eat Right. Drink Right. Live Right. videos have already been produced but additional funds are needed to help spread the word and to fulfill Nancy’s dream to donate videos to kids in need.
Nancy’s goal is to get her videos seen by as many children as possible, especially those families who might not be able to afford to purchase them.
To that end, she has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds. From June 16 – July 23, 2014, Nancy hopes to raise $7500 (actually, much more!) to have funds to give away free DVDs to kids in need and spread the word about the project. Nancy has whipped up some great perks and weekly specials for everyone who donates - there is an option for everyone.
Would you be willing to join Nancy with her innovative approach to getting kids to eat healthy and prevent childhood obesity?
Click over to Nancy’s campaign on Indiegogo and contribute with a donation of any size and just as important, please spread the word to everyone you know so they can help prevent childhood obesity. If you like what Nancy’s doing to prevent childhood obesity, be sure to tell your friends, family and coworkers, post on your Facebook page, tweet about and share far and wide.
Nancy is serious about wanting to get her videos into as many hands as possible. She’s offering 5 copies of the video series on DVD to Mindful Momma readers! For a chance to win, use the Rafflecopter form below. If you win, feel free to keep the video for yourself, give it to a child in need, or have Nancy donate it to a family (with a note from you should you so desire).
The first video in the series, “How Much Sugar Kids and Teens Eat” will always be free and the remaining six will be sold as a set for $5.95 (online streaming), $9.95 (download + streaming) or $14.95 for a DVD. The videos will be available on or about August 15, 2014.
(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Eat Right. Drink Right. Live Right. videos but all opinions are my own.)