Community Health, Exercise and Nutrition For All (CHEN4All) Offers a Comprehensive Solution to Obesity and a Fundraiser for Schools

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Huck-Fin Environmental Education (HFEE) and A Better Community For All (ABC4All) are combining resources to create both a call to action to communities everywhere and to offer a comprehensive, community-based, model solution to the national/global epidemic of obesity ("globesity") and related ills that plague our world, especially so many of our children. To this end, HFEE/ABC4All have created CHEN4All or Community Health, Exercise and Nutrition for All as a model which can be adapted for any school, district and/or community to meet local needs and conditions. CHEN4All also brings three sources of nongovernmental fundraising to any participating school.

San Diego, California. Huck-Fin Environmental Education (HFEE) and A Better Community For All (ABC4All) are combining resources to create both a call to action to communities everywhere and to offer a comprehensive, community-based, model solution to the national/global epidemic of obesity ("globesity") and related ills that plague our world, especially so many of our children. The emphasis of the model program, Community Health, Exercise and Nutrition For all (CHEN4All), starts with the creation of a "Built Community:" http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/articles.htm

Community-based Solutions

Forces within a community must come together and unite efforts to overcome the spiraling health problems which are reaching epidemic proportions. The vital need to reverse current trends in escalating health problems in society requires the participation by ALL aspects of a community, including local government officials, businesses, health care professionals, consumers, parents, school district administrators, staff and students. Such global participation, therefore, will contribute to the success of CHEN4All.

When considering the epidemic of obesity, Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher called on "communities and schools" to help children and adults lose weight and stay healthy (United States Department of Health and Human Services: "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity," USDHHS 2001).

In identifying schools as central to efforts to prevent and decrease excess weight problems, Dr. Satcher has recommended "improved physical education programs" and "healthy food alternatives." Communities also must offer safe places to exercise, according to Dr. Satcher. He cites all of these concerns as a "community responsibility."

Report on Preventing Childhood Obesity

Jeffrey Koplan, M.D., M.P.H., vice president for academic health affairs, Emory University, Atlanta, and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chaired the committee of 19 experts in child health, nutrition, fitness, and public health who developed a report, "Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance," in response to a request from Congress for an obesity prevention plan based on sound science and the most promising approaches.

Dr. Koplan states, "Obesity may be a personal issue, but at the same time, families, communities, and corporations all are adversely affected by obesity and all bear responsibility for changing social norms to better promote healthier lifestyles...We recognize that several of our recommendations challenge entrenched aspects of American life and business, but if we are not willing to make some fundamental shifts in our attitudes and actions, obesity's toll on our nation's health and well-being will only worsen:"

http://www4.nationalacademies.org/news.nsf/isbn/0309091969?OpenDocument

ABC4All had already created an "Opinion, Action Plan and Call for Support: On the Epidemic of Obesity and its Health-Related Crisis in Society" http://www.holisticjunction.com/displayopinion.cfm?ID=75

Champion of Healthy Exercise/Nutrition

The problem is clearly identified. The time for concerted, community-based, action that can make a difference is now. A proposed solution: CHEN4All.

HFEE/ABC4All have adopted the role of champion of good nutrition, following the model that already demonstrates reversal and elimination of behavioral problems and improved academic performance in a school. The model of good nutrition for a school by Natural Ovens Bakery (NOB) also appeared in the recently released documentary film, "Super Size Me" and the NOB video, “The Impact of Fresh, Healthy Food on Learning and Behavior 2004,” has been streamed onto the internet: http://live.palosverdes.com/ramgen/abc4all/abc4all.rm

Unique Model Solution

CHEN4All represents a unique model solution that can be utilized by any school, district or community to facilitate the goals of improving nutrition and exercise and the health of children everywhere all the while creating financial support for vital programs within schools that otherwise might not exist due to budget constraints.

Community Cooperation

With the cooperation encouraged by CHEN4All, to include, as much as possible, the entire spectrum of the citizenry, communities can truly become better for all concerned. In Dr. Satcher's words, it is a "community responsibility" that will lead to full participation and resulting beneficial ripple effects of a successful CHEN4All.

Sources of Fundraising for Participating Schools

CHEN4All includes three simultaneous sources of fundraising for every school that participates:

1) Nutrition and Kids (NAK): http://abc4all.net/abc4all_nak.htm;

2) The Triple Giving Program (ABC4AllGGG): http://abc4all.net/abc4allggg.htm; and

3) Natural Ovens Bakery Fundraiser: http://www.naturalovens.com/Better_Health/Schools/index.php

Conclusion

In the vision and words of David Gray, President, HFEE: "We need to create a comprehensive solution to the obesity problem that will be integrating the importance of health, environment, education, exercise, and nutrition, all together in a way that fits and makes perfect sense....a merge of all the players and their expertise into a full size program that could ALMOST be a school or system of its own, and yet easily adapted into every school on earth. It would have lesson plans, with progressive classes. It would have it's own sources of fundraising. It would have a reward system built in for all schools, teachers, parents and kids. It would pinnacle to an awards banquet, as Huck-Fin has every year, called "THE BANQUET OF CHAMPIONS"..... community sponsored. Of course, every school system, state, country and global positioning and circumstance would have to be adapted to, depending on it's situation."

Contact

Huck-Fin Environmental Education

David Gray, President

P.O. Box 231014

San Diego, CA 92123

858-279-2172

858-279-3796 Fax

Burton Danet, Ph.D.

A Better Community For All (ABC4All)

P. O. Box 1624

Manhattan Beach, CA 90267-1624

310-712-5477

888-310-1661 Fax

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