One of the
greatest blessings in life is good health, and still, many Americans don't have
it. It's no surprise that obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease run
rampant among the United States population, with many of us not reaching the
minimum standards for physical activity, but overachieving in terms of caloric
intake. Realizing this, however, is the first step towards uncovering a new
healthy lifestyle. For the Chicagoans who are ready to take on their own health
and fitness journey, think about the Healthy Initiative“Healthy in Chicago”
HealthyInitiative is working to help stop the spread of
obesity, changing the lives of many Chicago adults and children along the way.
It is a philanthropic effort headed by Shea Vaughn, founder of the
revolutionary mind-body wellness program, SheaNetics®. You may have seen her on Ellen, WindyCityLive, and heard about her book, Breakthrough: The 5 LivingPrinciplestoDefeatStress, LookGreat, & FindTotalWell-Being. She is also the mother of Vince Vaughn. Having a strong fitness
background, this health initiative came naturally to her. Learning about the
obesity statistics was a pivotal point. "Hearing that for the first time in
history the possibility that parents will being burying their children shocked
my heart, as I couldn't imagine anything more painful than that," Vaughn
said. Motivated and inspired, Vaughn organized the initiative.
Healthy Initiative is partnering with community and other
like-minded organizations, wellness programs, doctors, and government to
promote this cause. One of these organizations is GiveALittleDoesALot, which aims to promote healthy living through public education and
fitness and nutrition programs. This new non-profit organization was created
"for the purpose
of raising funds to give to the children of Chicago and the schools," said
Vaughn, "and support programs that will help to educate the children as
well as involve them in after-school activities." As it is with almost everything in life,
it is knowledge that brings about change. Raising public awareness about the
deleterious effects of an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle will hopefully
end the obesity epidemic. Chicago is hopefully just the beginning.
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This whole thing
is not just a campaign; however, it's a program. It's a new
lifestyle. Healthy Initiative will select from a list of applicants 40
individuals who are ready to make a change. For 90 days, participants who sign
up for the Healthy Initiative’s 90-Day Breakthrough will get an entire year's
membership to XSport and a chance for those 90 days to
work with health and fitness experts to give them the support and guidance they
need to keep themselves on the path of wellness. Participants will also receive
a program manual and guidebook with mental lessons and coaching, dietary and
nutritional outlines, and exercise routines to help them through the 90-day
process of transforming their lives in a way that is sustainable.
They will also
have the opportunity to interact with the team behind this initiative. This is
a personal journey, but "it's a very hands-on experience," according
to Vaughn. Participants will be using SheaNetics, along with other exercises to
improve their health. Though this program is aimed at weight loss, cardio and
resistance training will be used, as well as exercises to improve flexibility.
This entire 90-day package is valued at around $6,000. The participants of this
program are receiving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change their health
with some of the most respected names in the fitness and wellness industry.
"It's not a challenge," added Vaughn, "as all the candidates
will be winners and will celebrate their individual success."
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To kick off this
program, Healthy Initiative is organizing Laugh Yourself Healthy. This
fundraiser is aimed at raising awareness and promoting the initiative by means
of local comedy.
It will be held at The Laugh Factory on November 1st. Check www.healthyinitiative.org for more details
on the event, including the schedule of performances.
So, to everyone in Chicago: if you or someone
you know is ready to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle, head on
over to HealthyInitiative and apply today!
*Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.