Beyonce has filmed a different version of her “Get Me Bodied” song, titled “Work That Body,” to promote Michelle Obama‘s Let’s Move! campaign to get kids physically active and eating more fruits and vegetables.
The video, which features school children shaking it in the cafeteria, will be used in “dance-ins” that will take place in middle schools across the United States, starting May 3rd.
The website for the First Lady’s campaign has some startling comparisons about our lifestyles three decades and now:
Thirty years ago, most people led lives that kept them at a healthy weight. Kids walked to and from school every day, ran around at recess, participated in gym class, and played for hours after school before dinner. Meals were home-cooked with reasonable portion sizes and there was always a vegetable on the plate. Eating fast food was rare and snacking between meals was an occasional treat.
Portion sizes have also exploded- they are now two to five times bigger than they were in years past. Beverage portions have grown as well- in the mid-1970s, the average sugar-sweetened beverage was 13.6 ounces compared totoday, kids think nothing of drinking 20 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages at a time.
In total, we are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago–including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners. The average American now eats fifteen more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970.
In this case, a return to the “good old days” isn’t just nostalgia. It’s a must to prevent a nation where diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease are as common as a winter cold
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