Show the World the Different Faces of Health

Feb 25, 2011
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Many of you are probably familiar with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign which is an initiative to end obesity by targeting the way we and our children think about nutrition and physical activity. Through Let’s Move, people in a variety of influential roles (parents, local officials, mayors, healthcare providers, and others) are urged to be leaders for healthy and active lifestyles. The campaign includes one goal of inspiring at least one million Americans to be active for 5 days/week for at least 6 out of 8 weeks.

Get Active America, is a national health promotion campaign by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) in order to establish their clubs as one of these leading voices in the community. Get Active America! clubs will try to help their community (both members and nonmembers) meet the Let’s Move activity goal, and specifically encourage individuals to pursue some type of Active Lifestyle award (i.e. the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award).

So here is what I was thinking. I know there is widespread misconception that the terms “healthy” and “disability” cannot have direct relationship. But I beg to differ. A person with a disability CAN be healthy, and it doesn’t have to be proven by setting some Paralympics record. That woman crossing the street with her walker may be healthy. Just because she uses a walker to assist with her ambulation shouldn’t reflect on her individual level of health. So I urge you to show the world, whether through video competitions like this one; through your own posts on YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook; or through whatever avenue you choose. Representatives from local and national disability organizations can become the healthy, active lifestyle leaders that Michelle Obama is seeking.

So I urge people to create an initiative to get moving and help show the world that being “healthy” can and does have many different faces.

Author: Blythe