Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Its effects cause more absenteeism, low self-esteem, and lower academic performance. The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented. Read More…

September is Maricopa Childhood Obesity Awareness Month as the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors proclaimed in conjunction with the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.   Help Healthy LifeStars spread the news about childhood obesity and its prevention. Healthy LifeStars offers The LifeStar Challenge ProgramTM FREE to youth serving organizations, Title I schools and their underserved kids. This scalable, sustainable, and interactive program combats childhood obesity by teaching three Healthy Life Habits: I Can Do It, I Eat Right, I Am Active.

What a better time to get the word out to your community about the need to address Childhood Obesity and show people how they can take steps toward the solution. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Set an example by talking with family members and friends about eating healthy, getting enough physical activity, and limiting screen time.
  • Encourage families to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit within reach or going on a family walk after dinner. Find ways to incorporate more vegetables, beans, fruits, and whole grains into each meal and to get out and get fit together.
  • Motivate the school districts and their schools to provide healthy food options and daily physical activities for kids.
  • Ask your local authorities to host a community event in a local park to get neighborhood kids playing outside.

Working together, we can make healthier food and beverages, and physical activity the easy choice for children to help prevent childhood obesity. For more information on Childhood Obesity, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


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Jerre and Mary Joy Stead

Jerre and Mary Joy Stead are passionate about combating childhood obesity and have been long time friends of Healthy LifeStars. They have been continually present as wise advisors, strong cheerleaders, coaches and caring friends. Not only have they given immeasurably of their time, talent, treasure and touch but they have also made introductions to individuals, to businesses and to community partners who have made significant contributions to advancing the mission of the organization.

Stepping through their contributions over the years:
• Jerre and Mary Joy were early believers in the organization and were incredibly generous in providing the funding which enabled the organization to hire its first professional leadership.
• They were instrumental in the organizations’ first geographic expansion beyond Arizona to Colorado and in establishing the Colorado Advisory Board.
• The Steads were key strategic partners in defining a 6-year partnership plan with The Salvation Army, in “selling” the plan to Army leadership and in providing the funding for execution. They remain deeply involved ensuring that the program grows as planned and is deployed nationally per the strategic plan.
• Jerre serves as Chair of the Board of a for-profit start up which was founded as the result a pilot family wellness program initially developed by Healthy LifeStars.
Throughout, they have been strong supporters of the metric oriented entrepreneurial approach of the organization. In addition to their ongoing invaluable counsel and guidance as Advisory Board Members, they remain active in advancing and supporting our individual team members and pushing us at every turn to achieve our vision of growing a generation of LifeStars.

Looking back, we would not be where we are nor would there be 30,000 LifeStars without the unparalleled support of Jerre and Mary Joy. Looking forward, it is their vision “to see”, their faith “to believe” and their encouragement and courage “to do” which will continue to inspire us.

No quote better conveys the caring and giving an essence of Jerre and Mary Joy than:

“Money is like love: it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it and enlivens
those who turn it on their fellow man” Kahlil Gibran

Jerre and Mary Joy have turned their treasure on their fellow men in an immense way but they have also done the same with their time, talent and touch.

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