Sunday, May 15, 2011

Take the pledge!

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity – especially childhood obesity – by 2015, has launched a program called, “Together Counts.”  It’s terrific!  The program, sponsored in part by Coca-Cola, is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living.  The principle behind the program is Energy Balance--balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn.  The motto: “Calories in, calories out.  It’s that simple.”   
“Together Counts” encourages families and community members to take the simple pledge: eat at least one meal and do at least one activity together every week.  Encouraging families to be healthy together.  What could be better than that?  And via the website, the fun begins!  Families can take the pledge, create their profile, get tips for being more active, track their progress and get points.  It’s really a unique and cool way to get families involved in being healthy together (especially those with a little competitive spirit).  I love it.
Take the pledge with your family at http://www.togethercounts.com/.  My advice?  Create a positive rewards system (sans food) to incentivize your progress.  My exercise reward: my favorite running shoesThey're awesome too.  After all, exercise is a whole lot easier when you're comfortable and stylin'!