Week of December 18, 2011

Holiday Schedule

We meet both days this week (Monday and Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm). Next week we’ll have class only on Thursday, 12/29. I’m planning on having class on January 1; however, I need check with with athletic director. We may need to move it to Tuesday. I’ll keep you posted.

Week in Review

Everyone continued to work hard last week. It’s nice to see the support of one another to push through and perform at a higher level of intensity. We know that we don’t push ourselves too hard when we’re alone. Heather, thanks for bringing Andrew and enjoy your holiday in the warm weather. Also, it felt like the holidays because Shelly’s bangles sounded like Santa’s reindeer, plus she did a little singing for us. As usual, Paula and Betty were at their best and I think Dan left the biggest sweat mark yet! Chelsea M., Jen O. and Lisa S. were speed demons by pushing quickly through Thursday’s 20 minute workout. Looking forward to this pre-holiday week.

Soda . . .You Already Know–Please Educate Others

You already know, that as parents, we have control over what our children eat and drink. The easiest change we can make to our child’s diet is to REMOVE SODA. Remove it 100%!! I’m sure you know of children who drink soda, whether it’s diet, one calorie, etc., each day. I’m sure you’ve seen them drink it in the morning, afternoon and night. I’m sure you’ve seen it given as a treat or a reward. I’m sure you’ve seen parents who don’t want to say NO because their children will have a fit. We need to educate our children and other parents on how to make healthy choices. Removing soda from our everyday lives is one of the EASIEST, SIMPLEST, STRAIGHTFORWARD, UNCOMPLICATED ways to improve our diets.  Make a commitment today to educate others on the importance of removing soda from their daily diets. There are 1,000 other choices!!! Now, since I got that off my chest, check-out what experts say:

“The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.”

“Sugar and acid in soft drinks so easily dissolve tooth enamel.” 

“Soft drink consumption in children poses a significant risk factor for impaired calcification of growing bones.”

“Soda ultimately leads to poor bone mineralization, which explains the greater risk of broken bones in children who consume soft drinks.”

“In an interesting experiment the sugar from one soft drink was able to damage the white blood cells’ ability to ingest and kill gonococcal bacteria for seven hours.”

The acidity of cola beverages … is about the same as vinegar. The sugar content masks the acidity, and children little realize they are drinking this strange mixture of phosphoric acid, sugar, caffeine, coloring, and flavoring matter.”
“One extra soft drink a day gave a child a 60 percent greater chance of becoming obese. One could even link specific amounts of soda to specific amounts of weight gain. Each daily drink added .18 points to a child’s body mass index (BMI). This, the researchers noted, was regardless of what else they ate or how much they exercised.

“For anyone over age 40, soft drinks can be especially hazardous because the kidneys are less able to excrete excess phosphorus, causing depletion of vital calcium.”

“Cola drinks can interact adversely with antacids, possibly causing constipation, calcium loss, hypertension, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and kidney damage.”

NEED YOU READ MORE? Please pass on the word and that good choices need to start happening with our youth. I know you know, so please educate others. Challenge them to eliminate this junk from their family’s diet. 

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