Michael Torchia, Health Advocate, Submits Bill Proposal to Gov. Schwarzenegger to Help Campaign to Combat Epidemic of Obesity

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Michael Torchia, Health and Wellness Expert, who founded "Children's Fitness Academy" to help fight the epidemic of childhood obesity, created a bill to reform and create stricter guidelines for the manufacture of packaged foods. He is requesting stricter Guidelines for manufacturers, distributors and marketers of foods that contain toxic ingredients so that they will be held accountable for their products.

Michael Torchia, Health and Wellness Expert, founder of Children's Fitness Academy, is requesting help from Governor Schwarzenegger by asking him to submit a bill through his office to help regulate the activities of the giant food manufacturers.

Torchia feels Governor Schwarzenegger, as a famous and immediately recognizable civic leader, he -- more effectively than anyone else -- can help end the American epidemic of obesity. Torchia says, "As Governor of California, he has the power to influence, inspire and motivate people from all walks of life. I remember how he inspired me when I was 15 years old. Because of the Governor, I pursued my dream to compete in bodybuilding. And just as he has given back to the community, he motivated me to share with others all that I've learned in the field of health and wellness. It's clear to me that we both share a desire to see a healthier America, one in which obesity is not such an alarmingly serious health issue."

The time has come in this country for a cultural shift toward health and wellness and away from the inherent dangers of obesity. Torchia proposes that legislation be enacted in California which forces food manufacturers to add warning labels to all food and beverage products containing ingredients known to be toxic to the human body. Food manufacturers and distributors, as well as any group making claims about the healthfulness of a food product, would have to follow strict regulations regarding those claims. They would also be required to provide guidelines for healthy, age-appropriate consumption of their products.

People are unknowingly consuming goods, which directly and adversely affect their health. With this legislation, Torchia hopes to make Californians -- and eventually all Americans -- aware of the fact that long-term consumption of trans fats, artificial sweeteners and food dyes can lead to obesity and to the development of Metabolic Syndrome-X (MSX). This is a condition which weakens immune systems and makes people much more susceptible to type-2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other crippling lifestyle diseases. Producers, distributors, and marketers of foods that contain toxins leading to the development of MSX should be held accountable for the ingredients in their products. Torchia says, "If we are successful, these manufacturers will be forced to reformulate their food products and provide healthier choices for consumers."

Today, we are inundated with endless "convenient" food choices, many of which are extremely unhealthy. This coupled with the fact that most Americans say they are too busy for regular exercise, has helped to create a society of roughly 62 million obese adults. Further, the government's out-of-date healthy-eating guidelines make little sense to most people, Torchia said. And while public awareness of obesity may be increasing, the numbers of so-called "solutions" to this social problem are also increasing, with little positive results. This legislation would help people make healthy and informed choices about what they eat. Limiting toxins in our foods will allow people to live healthier, happier and more productive lives, he said. With political support on this life-or-death issue can be the start of a cultural shift in this country toward health and wellness.

Legislation is a great first step toward solving the obesity epidemic, but education and awareness on a child-by-child basis are the keys to creating a healthier nation, he said. With that goal in mind, Torchia created "Children's Fitness Academy" (CFA), an innovative resource public and private schools can use to implement health and fitness education programs. CFA's team of professional fitness and education experts will work with schools to revise and update California's physical education programs as well as provide informative and engaging seminars on career opportunities in the health and fitness arena. In addition, a CFA task force will work to help implement awareness on a statewide level, Torchia said. Members of the task force will conduct research and police those targeted by the legislation, reporting their findings to your office, to the USDA, as well as to children and parents so that healthy and informed choices can be made.

Torchia says, "As you can see, there is much work to be done to create this cultural shift. With CFA's unique plan for creating a healthier nation and political leadership, I believe we can guide the country toward a healthier way of life that will surely benefit those struggling to overcome obesity as well as generations of Americans to come.

For further information:

Contact: Michael Torchia
Website: http://www.operationfitness.com
310.650.5595

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