Inspiring Future Generations…
Posted July 6, 2011on:
Hey, yo. My brain is running a mile a minute: can you help me catch it?
So I’m a former teacher, long-since been bitten by the “inspire our future leaders” bug. (And I’m still a Pilates instructor, and have mentored a few folks toward fitness career changes over the past year… some things just don’t change.)
But my morning podiatrist’s appointment inspired me further.
If you’re familiar with my story, you know about my childhood struggle with extreme obesity. Recently, I’ve been feeling the long-term effects: it’s been hypothesized that so much weight and so little activity as a child may have contributed to my abnormal hip joints (recently requiring two surgeries), to my abnormally-shaped foot bones and arches, and I learned today that the fat pads in the soles of my feet are leaner than normal… ya think that 80-100 extra pounds during development could’ve stunted the extra cushioning in the bottom of my feet?
No wonder my feet ache when walking around all day, even at a normal weight and in good shoes!
That aside, the media repeatedly tells us of the ills of childhood obesity (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc etc). But even if the child has great intentions and reverses their behavior, there could be long-term musculoskeletal effects.
And this is the message that I’d love to get out to the world.
But I don’t quite know how.
This little ol’ blog isn’t the proper forum. I’d love to talk to schools… and maybe I’ll start there.
So, I guess this is Goal #41 on my “40 by age 40” list… and in my opinion, it’s a pretty darn important one. You think?