Teen health, teen fitness and college health is everywhere you look. Teen health is on TV, articles are written about college health (hello, Freshman 15) and long-term studies are done on teen fitness.
However, all exercising aside (don’t get me wrong, exercising is crucial to teen health and teen fitness) the main reason teen health and college health is so bad is in cafeterias everywhere.
It’s very PC to be concerned with teen health and teen fitness. It is great publicity for superintendents, principals and deans everywhere to talk about teen fitness and college health. They put Band Aids on a severed artery.
Concerned with teen health and teen fitness? Then the high school (some, unfortunately not all) will add a salad bar. And, usually it’s filled with brown “greens” stale veggies, etc. Not exactly the way to attack the teen health and teen fitness crisis in the country.
Concerned with college health? The university adds an all-you-can-eat deli buffet (where sandwiches can be as artery-clogging as a Big Mac) for a “healthier” alternative. And universities concerned with college health also add the salad bar right next to the pizza, French fries and hamburgers.
Teen health, teen fitness and college health all start with education. It’s so bad that we took an adult disease, Diabetes, and our terrible teen health and teen fitness has made a youth version of it (Type II Diabetes). Bad teen health and teen fitness has created a new disease! Think about that for a minute.
To really get to the root of teen health and college health, the students need to be educated on teen fitness in general, but we need to get back to the basics. Everyone, theoretically, knows that McDonald’s and Burger King won’t help out teen fitness. But do they really know the possible long-term damage?
Thin kids can’t see how bad their hearts are. Most overweight kids know something about teen fitness and college health (like, for example, McDonalds being bad for you) but tons still don’t. How many overweight teens do you see chowing down a Big Mac? Too many don’t understand enough about college health and teen health.
Make simple changes to change teen health and teen fitness. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it took the teen over a decade to get overweight. They won’t lose it overnight.
If you are really concerned with college health and teen fitness, then make small changes to start off like switching to a low fat dressing, eating chicken instead of beef, diet soda instead of regular, and lowering your portions of carbs.
These small changes will improve teen health, teen fitness and college health drastically. And these changes are nothing more than tiny alterations.
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