A. Every 2 min for 12 Min (6 sets)
3 OH Squats
B. EMOM 10:
1. 6 Strict/Weighted Pullups
2. 30s HS Hold (if strong on these, hold them the opposite way, as if at the top of a wall walk)
C. 3 Rounds:
12 HSPU (kipping allowed)
18 Box Jumps (24/20)
9 min Cap
3 min Rest
2 min Rest
1 min Rest
**This blog post displays some of my thoughts and opinions about the state of health in U.S. It’s not written towards our members, rather it’s just a set of my opinions.
My Take on the Ebola Scare
With the Ebola scare in full swing, I think it’s the perfect time to really take a look at the priorities of health and wellness in this country. The main story in the news right now is the Ebola outbreak. Even the word Ebola is scary; watch the movie “Outbreak” and now it’s really scary. And it’s nothing to make light of. Thousands of Africans have died of this disease, and without medical care, access to sanitation, and widespread malnutrition, the disease will sadly do even more damage there.
Swine Flu, West Nile, Bird Flu, Ebola, SARS. How much damage and destruction did these diseases have on our population over the last 10 years? The data is sometimes cloudy, but what is clear is the scare tactics used by the media to whip up a frenzy over these short-lived diseases. Did people get these conditions and die from them? Most certainly, but were they at epidemic proportions like we were promised? The regular ole Flu has caused more deaths in the U.S. than the above-mentioned diseases combined. And it’s not even close.
Now let me arrive at my point. The flavor-of-the-year diseases dominate the headlines, create fear, foster paranoia and eventually sputter out. Let me now present an actual epidemic, that doesn’t seem very newsworthy, wont just fade away and cant just be replaced every few years with a new, scary disease. It’s childhood obesity.
According to the CDC, one third of children and adolescents are overweight in the US. This means that 24 million of our kids are currently overweight. Being overweight as an adult means a shorter life span and an increased chance for developing heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, cancer and/or having a stroke. Overweight kids are now developing adulthood obesity-related diseases. Their arteries are showing plaque accumulation, they are insulin resistant, and their bodies are showing the mileage of adults in their 40’s.
To me, this should be at the forefront of a health crisis discussion. Because if 24 million children are overweight, when it comes to their parents, we are talking about 48 million failures. There’s really other way to put it; there has been a massive failure in health education, parenting, our health care system, and our newly found acceptance that it’s okay to be overweight/unhealthy. After all, before a child reaches a state of independence, it is the parents that set an example on how to feed and nurture a healthy body.
When I visited a water park in Virginia this summer, I seriously could not believe what I saw. I didn’t need any statistics to convince me that a childhood obesity epidemic is absolutely happening in this country. My fear is that 24 million could easily double in 10 years, if not sooner. That day had a huge impact on me, because we don’t always see hundreds of overweight children in the area we live in.
So, while Ebola may dominate the headlines, it’s important to keep in mind the long-term health problems what will continue to plague our society. I don’t have the blueprint to solving the childhood obesity problem, but I do know it needs to be addressed and quickly.