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Adventist News Network - "Lets Move" Day Report

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Uploaded on Oct 8, 2011

Seventh-day Adventists at hundreds of churches, schools and hospitals in North America made strides in raising awareness of childhood obesity. Church officials and members ran, walked and bicycled their way through Let's Move! Day on September 25. They played sports, planted community gardens, offered health screenings, cooked healthy food and logged steps toward a goal of one million collective miles of physical activity.

In Maryland, world church President Ted N. C. Wilson contributed to the goal by joining more than 130 other Adventists -- including multi-marathoner and world church Vice President Delbert Baker -- for a 5K on the grounds of the Review and Herald Publishing Association. The Adventist Church is among some 50 other faith and community organizations that pledged last year to support Let's Move!, a national initiative of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity. Judy Palfrey, executive director of Obama's initiative, was among government officials in Hagerstown Sunday to help launch the run. Reading a letter from the first lady, Palfrey extended Obama's gratitude for the church's efforts in promoting community health, specifically in reversing the trend of childhood inactivity and poor nutrition. "I truly believe our strength as a country and our ability to responsibly shape our future depends on solving this challenge, and people like you are vital to our success," Obama said in the letter. Church health officials are hoping the day of activity extends into a lifetime of healthy choices for church and community members and their families in North America.
"Promoting small, simple changes in physical activity and food choices in our daily and family lives can make all the difference in preventing childhood obesity," said Katia Reinert, Health Ministries director for the church in North America. The national Let's Move! Day is part of Adventists InStep for Life, an initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America to promote exercise and better nutrition.

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