I am very excited to be a guest blogger for Fed Up With Lunch. My name is Dave Soleil and I am a stay-at-home dad in Georgia where childhood obesity is the second highest in the nation. Last year on Halloween, I got fed up too.
As children in the neighborhood made the annual rounds to trick-or-treat, I saw kids with pillow cases three-quarters packed with candy. I saw overweight parents driving cars along side their children because their condition made it too difficult to walk around the neighborhood. I heard stories of children attending multiple pre-Halloween “trunk-or-treat” events hosted by various youth organizations. I also talked with health-conscious neighbors who were too embarrassed to let their kids trick-or-treat because the day focused entirely on binge eating candy.
As I dropped another box of raisins into a vast sea of candy, I felt alone and ashamed of the unhealthy environment we had created for our children. I decided then that I would dedicate myself to creating the healthy world that our kids deserve.
I wanted to bring communities together to raise awareness about childhood obesity and I wanted it to happen quickly like… a flash mob. So, The Movement was born. The Flash Mob for Healthier Kids will take place during the week of Halloween, Oct. 24th – 31st. Flash mobs will perform in towns and cities around the country in support of healthier kids. The Rockstar Nutritionist, Jill Jayne is providing great music and choreography. You pick the time and place that works for you and send us the video which we will edit together with all the other flash mobs videos. Whether you are three people or three thousand people, we want you to use this opportunity to bring people and organizations together in support of healthier kids.
“As a Healthy Halloween House, I pledge to provide a Trick-or-Treat alternative for kids that is not candy or junk food. I believe we can create a healthier world for our kids that strengthens our community without contributing to the epidemic of childhood obesity.”
We are also offering Healthy Halloween House signs as a free download or as yard signs at cost. We are even encouraging neighborhoods to try and get more than 50% participation to become a Healthy Halloween Neighborhood!
According to the CDC, kids born after the year 2000 are predicted to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. However, I don’t believe in probabilities. I believe in possibilities. We can create a healthier world for our kids. It is time to provide fun and thoughtful alternatives year round that don’t make our kids sick. I hope you will join us and help spread the word.
As I like to say, “Eat your pumpkin. Let your candy rot on the porch.”