Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wouldn't it Be Nice to Put on a Few Pounds Over the Holidays?

Wouldn't it be nice to put on a few pounds for the holidays? It definitely would if you were one of thousands of Americans recently cut off from SNAP (formerly known as "Food Stamps") benefits or one of millions of children suffering from malnutrition globally. I'm no different than many Americans as I stare at the number between my toes on the scale in dismay. (No, Dear Reader, you don't get to know what that number came up as after it sat there thinking on "888.8") I'm hoping I don't make that number go up and I've even signed up for a post-Thanksgiving 5K to try to motivate myself away from the extra pounds. BUT, I'm also aware of the desperate imbalance between my upcoming over-indulgence and the shocking need for most people in the world. 

So, I'm going to a different kind of feast and I'm inviting you to come with me. Come join the RESULTS Virtual Thanksgiving Feast! At this meal, there will be no weight gain at all except for the people who need it desperately. No place settings and no cleanup. Actually, there will be no turkey either. At this time of plenty, please join me in donating the RESULTS online campaign to help children in the U.S. and around the world who don’t know when their next meal will be.

In 2012, 21.6 percent of American children lived in food insecure households. Children who are regularly hungry struggle in school and suffer from weakened immune systems, slowed and abnormal growth, and anemia. RESULTS volunteers advocate to protect the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “Food Stamps”). SNAP lifted 4.7 million people out of poverty in 2011, and nearly 75 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children.
Globally, hunger is a death sentence for 3.1 million kids per year and irreversibly stunts the growth of 25 percent of all children. Nearly half of all deaths of children under five years of age are due to undernutrition. Hunger and undernutrition are preventable with simple, proven, nutrition programs. 

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/25/3779139/hey-congress-hungers-not-a-game.html#storylink=cpy

Please join the Virtual Thanksgiving Feast and make a gift this holiday season - maybe the cost of your pumpkin pie or even a pumpkin latte? - and help some people who can really stand to put on a few pounds.