The cause that I’d like to focus on for this project is promoting health and wellness. For starters, I love working out and learning about nutrition, so the cause is something that’s personal to me. I think that health and wellness are often taken for granted in our society given that over 70% of adults in the U.S. are considered to be overweight or obese according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, obesity tends to be passed on from generation to generation as parents teach their kids unhealthy lifestyle habits which the kids then adopt themselves and pass on to their kids and so on. In order to stop this cycle, we must educate kids about things like nutrition and ways that they can stay active so that they know how to live a healthy lifestyle early on.
At the University of Delaware, there are some measures already being taken in order to promote student health and wellness. For instance, there are several clubs on campus that revolve around this concept including the nutrition and dietetics club, the healthy hens club, and the student wellness and health promotion club. There are also clubs that students can join that offer free fitness classes such as the Zumba club. If students aren’t interested in taking any of these classes, they can go to a class at the Little Bob or work out there on their own. While exercise has many physical benefits, it also has many mental benefits because it provides a healthy outlet for people to relieve their stress rather than resorting to unhealthy coping methods such as drug or alcohol use.
Similarly, the U.S. government has also taken steps to promote health and wellness through campaigns like the “Let’s Move” campaign which was introduced in 2010 under the Obama administration to fight childhood obesity. Although health and wellness are already being promoted on campus and nationally, I think it’s clear that our country could benefit more from this cause.