Saliva Swab Testing – Childhood Diabetes and Childhood Obesity Prevention

Saliva swab testing has now expanded to include diabetes, obesity, cancer and other metabolism based illnesses. With the numbers of people in America who could be classified as obese and diabetic or pre diabetic the importance of prevention has become that more important.

We all know that proper diet and exercise can go along way in solving this problem for some parents it may take stronger methods to provide the motivation in creating an environment conducive in accomplishing this goal.

Though many parents may believe that they provide this ideal environment they may need the help of a physician and the results of clinical testing to demonstrate that there may be a more serious underlying problem.

Up until know testing for childhood diabetes and obesity took as many as four vials of blood. This process is time consuming, uncomfortable, painful even frightening for the child and parent who is obviously concerned for the safety of their child.

Well the same technology that has given us the convenience of saliva drug and DNA testing has now provided an important tool for the fight against childhood diabetes and childhood obesity treatment. With a simple swipe of a swab, a saliva test sample can provide the necessary information a qualified physician can use to map a proper course of preventative action.

The saliva swab test is brand new but already proven to be more effective in its accuracy, cost and convenience. When compared to the annual cost of diabetes treatment averaging $11, 000, the prospect of only having to pay $250 out of pocket for this saliva swab test is well worth the investment.

If it provides the feedback and motivation a loving parent needs to take immediate action to prevent what could be a lifetime of pain dealing with these potentially debilitating diseases, the cost seems insignificant.

My New Life Today and New Life Medical Group is the exclusive provider of this test. Their plan is to launch this testing system through a network of participating physicians, company sponsored clinics and internet marketing.

As you could imagine the excitement level is very high when you stop to consider the ramification of such a powerful tool in this important battle. Soon with proper exposure and consumer awareness this simple saliva swab test will go a long way in winning the war of childhood diabetes prevention and childhood obesity prevention.

Many are already looking forward to the day when prevention is the preferred form of treatment to this invisible killer.

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Quick Guide to Childhood Obesity Prevention In today’s busy and hectic

world, people don’t have a lot of time to do much of anything, let alone handle complex problems that take a lot of time to solve. Health and weight issues (especially with children) are very important, though. With that in mind, here’s a quick guide to childhood obesity prevention.

Recognize – The first step in preventing childhood obesity is to recognize that it’s a valid problem in today’s day and age. If you don’t take it seriously, obesity can creep up on you. And once it’s there, it’s harder to reverse the effects it has on the human body – especially children.

Research – You might think you know your kids best and therefore know the best ways to take care of them and keep them at a healthy weight, but if you can humble yourself and realize you might need help, there’s a vast amount of resources available on the Internet to help you with childhood obesity prevention.

Revolution – Yeah, that’s right, I said revolution. I’m not talking about the violent kind, though. I’m talking about a mindset that says childhood obesity is the problem and you’re going to do whatever it takes to prevent it from having a negative effect on your children.

There is, of course, a lot more to preventing obesity in children, but hopefully this quick guide to preventative measures will whet your appetite for more. If so, continue browsing the site for other great information on childhood obesity prevention.

Jobs, Problem Solving, and Childhood Obesity Prevention Jobs are being lost

by the boatloads all over the nation at an alarming rate. This in turn threatens our nation’s economic viability, reduces our confidence and our spending capacity, and in turn that threatens more job losses in an ever increasing downward spiral.

But let’s stop wringing our hands for a second and ask the following question. “What is a job anyway if it’s not an ongoing set of problems to be solved on behalf of someone who’s willing and able to pay you for solving them? ”

Problems Equal Opportunity

In that sense, the more problems we experience, the more job opportunities there are on the horizon, presuming you can find someone to pay you for tackling and resolving those problems.

In the best light then, the myriad of problems our nation faces today should be seen as a myriad of opportunities, with the challenge being to identify someone who can and will pay your for solving these problems. Change and opportunity (including won/lost opportunity) inevitably go hand in hand.

Take Childhood Obesity for Example

Let’s take for example, the current and growing problem of childhood obesity. Several months ago the United States Surgeon General announced that childhood obesity was his number one priority. A forum of former US Surgeon Generals recently declared that childhood obesity was a greater threat to American’s health than smoking or Aids. It’s costing the American taxpayer over $120 Billion annually (about the same as the war in Iraq) and it’s growing not shrinking.

By any measure childhood obesity is a BIG problem, and if someone can successfully step up to the plate in his or her own community and tangibly turn the tide on this plague, they should be paid handsomely for it… wouldn’t you agree? So the question becomes how do YOU step up to the plate and turn the tide on childhood obesity in your own community? Here’s one quick answer to that question.

The Basic Mechanics

First go to a website called Pull Your Own Weight dot net and peruse the home page. Once you’re done perusing, click on the 90 second You Tube video and watch it… a couple times if necessary. Do these two things and within ten minutes I promise that you’ll understand the mechanics of how kids can naturally immunize themselves against obesity for life, without pills, shots, or fancy diets. It’s actually quite simple.

Here’s the Challenge

But understanding the mechanics is the easy part. The challenging part is understanding the psychology of motivating kids to take action, and to do what ever is necessary to eat better, exercise more, and to naturally immunize themselves against obesity for life.

For that you’ll have to read the book entitled Operation Pull Your Own Weight: A Radically Simple Solution to Childhood Obesity, which is available on the Pull Your Own Weight dot net website, Amazon, or on Barnes and Noble.

The Three Most Important Factors

According to the old adage, the three most important factors in real estate are location, location, and location. In childhood obesity prevention the three most important factors are MOTIVATION, MOTIVATION, and MOTIVATION. In other words if you can motivate them, you’ll win and they’ll win too! So what’s wrong with a win/win?

Congratulations, You’ve Just Created Your Own Job

I’m here to tell you that if you truly understand how to inspire and motivate kids to eat better, exercise more, and to naturally immunize themselves against obesity, YOU understand something that most people don’t.

This mean that you have a unique service to offer your community (schools, pre-schools, after school programs at park districts, Y’s, Boys/Girls Clubs, churches, etc. )#).

And by offering that unique service you’ll be able to step up to the plate and tangibly turn the tide on childhood obesity in your community, and get paid handsomely for doing it. That is to say, you have created your own job (how does Childhood Obesity Specialist sound? )#) by solving a big problem that people can and are willing to pay for.

Childhood Obesity is Only One Example

Now finally, it’s important to say that any time there are big changes in the wind, you can expect big problems to be following closely behind. And big problems create big opportunities for those who are ready and willing to offer legitimate solutions.

Childhood obesity is only one example. Look around and identify all the big problems that people are now wrestling with. And if you can come up with a solution that people are willing and able to pay for, you’ll not only create a job for yourself, but in the process you can probably create jobs for other people, and that’ll be good for the economy of your community, town, county, state, and nation.

Go Identify Some Problems

Let me repeat, a job is nothing more than a set of problems that someone is willing and able to pay you to resolve. Now go out, identify some problems, solve them, and you won’t worry about losing your job. You’ll be too busy creating them instead.

Jobs in the $120 Billion Dollar a Year Childhood Obesity Prevention Industry

According to recent government sources America spends over $120, 000, 000 (that’s Billion with a B) dollars annually on childhood obesity and related issues. That is to say we spend about the same on obesity as we’re spending on the Iraq war and we’re losing because the problem is getting worse not better. Not only that, we can’t pull out of this one even if we wanted to, which means we have to take a stand and fight.

Only One Percent

In this light I’d like to suggest that we take a mere ONE PERCENT of that $120 billion dollars and REDIRECT IT INTO A WAR ON CHILDHOOD OBESITY designed to naturally immunize kids against obesity for life, eliminate this plague within one decade, save the American taxpayer trillions over the same time period, immediately create 20, 000 GOOD PAYING JOBS (400 per state), and improve the life quality and productivity of millions of kids from sea to shining sea.

Let’s Do the Math

Check out the math. One hundred twenty billion times one percent equals $1, 200, 000, 000 (one point two billion dollars). If we paid each childhood obesity prevention specialist an average of $60, 000 each we could hire 20, 000 of them nationwide.

This works out to be an average of 400 new childhood obesity specialists per state who would in turn work with schools, park districts, Boys and Girls Clubs, YM/WCA’s, and churches who are interested in helping their kids naturally immunize themselves against obesity for life.

Starting With Kindergartners

If we did nothing more than start with kindergarten classes across each state using simple height adjustable pull up bars together with a technique called leg assisted pull ups to help students learn to physically pull their own weight, 90% of all kindergartners would be naturally immunized against obesity for life by the end of the school year because kids who can do pull ups are NEVER OBESE.

The other 10% would also be well on their way toward natural self immunization. Repeat this scenario for 10 straight years and childhood obesity would be ancient history like polio or the black plague.

2, 000, 000 Kids Annually Immunized Against Obesity

Let’s examine the possibilities in a little different way. Let’s say that each new specialist worked with (supported) only 10 other adults (teachers, park district, Boys and Girls Club, or pre-school employees) who in turn worked directly with at least 10 kids.

Under those conditions we would naturally immunize 40, 000 kids (10 X 10 X 400 = 40, 000) against obesity for life in each state annually against obesity for life. Nationally that figure would be 2, 000, 000 kids who would be naturally immunized annually.

10, 000, 000 Kids Annually Immunized Against Obesity

But these figures are very conservative, the worst case scenario. Let’s say instead that each new specialist worked with 10 schools each week (one in the AM and one in the PM), and each school averaged 50 kindergartners. Under these conditions the number of kids naturally immunized against obesity for life annually explodes to 200, 000 kids per state and 10, 000, 000 nationally.

And under those conditions childhood obesity would be completely eliminated in one decade or less, saving American taxpayer trillions, and making the lives of millions of American kids meaningful and productive in a way that they currently are not.

Meaningful Work Instead of Meaningless Repetition

One final note here is that the 20, 000 jobs that we could create immediately with NO NEW MONEY, by redirecting what we’re currently spending in a productive direction, would create meaningful jobs that not only pay well and produce a humongous return on our nation’s investment in the personal infrastructure of our kids, but the childhood obesity prevention specialists themselves will know they’re doing something worth doing, something important, something that will make a difference in the lives of kids and parents across the USA, and maybe the world.

P. S. Dedicate 2% instead of 1% and you automatically DOUBLE these numbers!!

P. S. S. Can you imagine a stronger foundation for a prevention oriented American healthcare system than the elimination of childhood obesity within one decade?

For Under $20 Turn Any Swing Set Into a Childhood Obesity Prevention

Machine That Really Works I live directly across the street from an elementary school in the western suburbs of Chicago. And like most elementary schools around this nation this one has a playground where the kids congregate before and after school, during recess, and on the weekends.

And like most playgrounds, this one has a couple of four station swing sets on which the kids love to swing back and forth, again and again.

Now the interesting thing to a childhood obesity prevention enthusiast like myself is that with a few bucks (under $20) and a little know how, any swing set in the nation (playground or backyard) can easily be transformed into a childhood obesity prevention machine that really works, and I’ll prove it to you. Here’s what you’ll need in order to produce this minor miracle.

You’ll need:
o Measure the distance between the chains on which one swing is supported. (in my own case it’s 24 inches)

o Buy one piece of one inch pipe, that’s strong enough for kids to hang on, and have it cut to a length that’s four inches longer than the distance between the chains to which one swing is attached (in my case that’s 28 inches).

o Buy two one quarter inch eye-bolts that are an inch and a half long.

o Buy two strong snap hooks

o Buy two one inch rubber stops like you’d put on the bottom of kitchen chairs to stop them from slipping or scratching the floor.

o Finally you’ll need an electric drill with a one quarter inch bit.

Now let’s take these parts and construct the machine that we mentioned earlier. Follow these simple steps and it should take you about ten minutes to complete.

Step one – Drill two quarter inch holes in the pipe that are parallel to each other. Locate them at either end of the pipe, and place them at a distance that is exactly the same as the distance between the chains on your swing set.

Step two – Place one rubber stop on each end of the pipe… a safety feature.

Step three – Place one eyebolt into each hole that you’ve drilled in the pipe, place a washer on the bottom, and then tighten the nut on the bottom of each eye-bolt tightly.

Step four – Snap one snap hook into the eye of each eye-bolt.

Step five – Detach the swing from the chains on the swing set, leaving the chains hanging by themselves (with no seat) from the support beam.

Step six – Mount your new, home made bar at any height you choose by snapping one snap hook into one of the swing set chains, and the other snap hook into the other chain.

A Height Adjustable Pull Up Bar
What you’ll have now is something that you’ll be tempted to call a trapeze. But there’s one very important difference. The new device is height adjustable so you can raise and lower it in very small (one inch? )#) increments up and down the chain. We’ll call this device a “Height Adjustable Pull Up Bar, ” or HAPUB for short.

Childhood Obesity Prevention?
About now you’re probably wondering what in the world all this has to do with preventing childhood obesity? So let me answer that question right now by saying it probably won’t surprise you to learn that kids who can do pull ups are NEVER OBESE. Furthermore if they learn to do pull ups, and they eat and exercise in such a way that they maintain the ability to do pull ups, kids are immunized against obesity for life.

Naturally Immunized Against Obesity for Life

On the other hand, it may surprise you to know that with a HAPUB like the one you’ve just built, and a technique called Leg Assisted Pull Ups (where kids are allowed to jump and pull at the same time), most kids can learn to do conventional pull ups in a predictable amount of time – say one school year.

Now let’s add that if these two observations are true, then it logically follows that MOST KIDS CAN NATURALLY IMMUNIZE THEMSELVES AGAINST OBESITY FOR LIFE BY LEARNING AND MAINTAINING THE ABILITY TO DO PULL UPS.

In other words, for less than $20 dollars you now have the simple tool you need to help your own kids in your own family or classroom, learn to physically pull their own weight.

And once they’ve mastered pull ups, all they have to do is test themselves once a week (for 10 – 20 seconds) and as long as they can still do at least one conventional pull up they cannot possibly be obese.

Performance Yields Natural Feedback
If their performance improves, they’re naturally getting leaner. If they’re performance deteriorates, they’d best adjust their exercise levels upward and their calorie intake downward. With such a simple reference obesity can’t sneak up on anyone.

On Into Adulthood
As the kids reach adulthood, the golden rule of OPYOW remains intact. It doesn’t change at all. Humans who can physically pull their own weight cannot be obese. In other words, by simply learning and maintaining the ability to do pull ups, kids are in effect, naturally immunizing themselves against obesity for life. No exceptions.

There’s No Time Like the Present
And it’s cheap. Any school or park district, or Boys and Girls Club, etc. in the nation can afford to do this. It works and there are no more excuses for allowing our kids to succumb to the conditions that undermine their health and well being… not to mention their self confidence. The time to act is NOW.

Childhood Obesity Prevention – Does it Work? Does childhood obesity

prevention work? That question can be answered with a resounding yes. That said, it doesn’t work in 100% of the cases where it’s applied, but if you’re willing to work hard and take it seriously, you have a really good chance at preventing obesity in your children. And preventing obesity is much better than trying to reverse the negative effects of obesity.

So, if childhood obesity prevention works, the question really is – why aren’t you putting it into place in your life yet? If you care about your children and most parents do, taking steps to make sure that your children never have to deal with the effects of childhood obesity can go a long way in making both of your lives better in the long run.

Now that we know that childhood obesity prevention can work and is a good thing, I bet you’re asking yourself what the easiest way to put things into place is. That’s good. Questions lead to answers. That is, if you’re not asking questions, you’re less likely to find the answers.

The best advice is to arm yourself up with knowledge about the problem. By attacking childhood obesity before it becomes a problem in your child’s life, you’re one step ahead of a lot of other parents.

It’s easier to prevent obesity than it is to reverse the effects of obesity on your children. And with a problem as serious as obesity and children, the easier you can make the battle, the more likely you’re going to win.

Natural Gout Treatment Options

Gout usually occurs when there is too much uric acid in the blood stream. Uric acid is typically a byproduct of rich foods. It can be easy to say that you should stay away from these unhealthy foods, but the truth is that gout can happen to anyone. How do you know if you are suffering from gout and not typical arthritis? Basically, gout is characterized as acute – not chronic – flare-ups. In most cases, people wake up in the middle of the night with the sensation that their toes on are on fire. Yes, it’s that painful. When it comes down to it, there are a lot of natural remedies for gout, so you can avoid the sometimes-dangerous steroidal treatments. Here are some natural gout treatment options.

Drink diluted lime juice. Lime juice has an incredible power to reduce the uric acid in the body – uric acid is what causes the gout in the first place. You don’t need to drink concentrated lime juice – because that would be too sour – you only need a little bit to get the best results.

Eat blueberries and other antioxidant rich fruits. Blueberries, cherries, and other antioxidant-rich foods can also work wonders when it comes to blocking some of the harmful chemicals in your body that cause gout. If you understand how tocure gout naturally, you will notice that these antioxidant laden foods not only help prevent gout – and alleviate gout flare ups – they also help boost your immune system so that you can fight off other illnesses.

Create a paste to put over the swollen area. Another way to alleviate gout – especially a gout flare up – is to mix together mustard seeds and whole-wheat seeds. Mixing these items together can create a topical numbing solution. Once you mix the seeds, you can then place the solution on the affected area. Typically, you want to leave the solution on all night. In the morning, you can simply wash the solution away. If you don’t know where to find these seeds, you may want to find a local health food market – they will usually have a supply of these ingredients.

Eat lots of bananas. As a gout sufferer, keeping bananas on hand is incredibly important. When it comes down to it, bananas may just save your life. Bananas are rich in potassium, which can actually help dissolve the uric acid in the body. Once it is dissolved, it turns into a liquid, which is disposed of via the body’s natural waste mechanisms. Ideally, you want to find just ripe bananas.

Incorporate fish into your diet. On top of everything, you may also want to incorporate fish, like salmon, into your diet. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce the uric acid content in your blood stream. If you incorporate olive oil into the preparation of the fish, you can create a meal that will help alleviate your gout. In the end, fish will also make for a hearty and delicious dinner.


Boiling Childhood Obesity Prevention Down Into One Simple, Actionable

Solution At the Risk of Pointing Out the Obvious…

1. Show me 10 boys who can do pull ups and I’ll show you 10 boys who are not obese. *

2. Show me 10 girls who can do pull ups and I’ll show you 10 girls who are not obese.

3. Show me 10 families full of members who can do pull ups and I’ll show you ten families who don’t worry about obesity and all the related problems.

4. Show me an elementary or a high school full of students who can do pull ups and I’ll show you an elementary and a high school who’ve won the war on obesity.

5. Show me a school teacher, administrator, or a school board member who can do pull ups and I’ll show you a school teacher, an administrator, and a school board member who are all setting great examples for the kids in their schools to follow.

6. Show me a company (say McDonald’s) full of employees who can do pull ups and I’ll show you a company that’s healthy, energetic, productive, and inexpensive to insure.

7. Show me a police department whose members can do pull ups and I’ll show you a police department who doesn’t worry about the relationship between cops and donuts.

8. Show me a group of childhood obesity prevention experts who can do pull ups and I’ll show you a group of childhood obesity prevention experts who walk the walk.

9. Show me a town/city, a county, a state, or a nation whose citizens can do pull ups and I’ll show you a town/city, a county, a state, and a nation who’s won the war against obesity.

10. Show me a group of people who understand what you’ve just read here and I’ll show you a group of people who are unconfused and ready to rally around “A simple, easily implemented, easily documented, and affordable solution to childhood obesity. ”

And Then, With a Straight Face…

1. Tell me why obesity prevention is so complicated and confusing that we’re unable stop it from growing like a California forest fire raging out of control?

2. Tell me why every gym teacher in America agrees with the claim that kids who can do pull ups are never obese, yet so few take the time to teach their kids to do pull ups and to become obesity beating heroes in their own local communities at the same time?

3. Tell me why America’s Surgeon General has named childhood obesity prevention his TOP PRIORITY yet to date has provided no actionable answers to the problem?

4. Tell me why the future and life quality of millions of boys and girls will be undermined and sacrificed by low self esteems due to ongoing battles with obesity?

5. Tell me why a charitable organization like the Robert Woods Johnson foundation has dedicated $500 million dollars over the next five years to defeating childhood obesity, yet after year one (one hundred million spent) they have so little to show for it?

6. Tell me why we’re spending countless billions as a nation on obesity related illnesses?

7. Tell me why people in high positions simply fail to act, even when the obvious is pointed out to them?

8. Tell me why common sense is so uncommon, and why the obvious is so hard to see?

9. Tell me why we continue to think that the emperors are wearing beautiful and stylish new clothes when they’re obviously standing stark naked in front of everyone, for anyone – with open eyes – to see?

10. And if this is true of an issue like childhood obesity prevention, doesn’t it make you wonder how many other blatantly obvious solutions to crucial problems are being completely and totally overlooked and ignored by our so called authorities, our so called experts, our so called leaders?

*Substitute any sufficiently challenging functional acid test (i. e. dips, rope climbing, rock climbing, hand stand push ups, superman push ups) in place of pull ups and the results will inevitably be the same.

The Smartest, Simplest, and Cheapest Childhood Obesity Prevention Machine

on Planet Earth The two most important factors in childhood obesity plague that’s haunting kids across our nation and others, are nutrition and exercise. But in a modern world that’s overflowing with Big Macs, curly fries, milk shakes, soda pop, candy bars, cookies, ice cream, and sugary cereals just to mention a few, how can anyone really know for sure if their kids are falling prey to the anti-nutritional temptations that are polluting the world or fending them off?

In a world where we drive our kids to and from school instead of expecting them to walk, a world that’s veritably gushing with little techno robots ranging from video games to IPODs, TV, MP3 Players to cell phones complete with a built-in video camera’s designed to attract, if not demand, and command kid’s attention, how does anyone make sure their kids are getting enough exercise to avoid obesity?

Complicated, Confusing, Overwhelming, Unless…

It all seems so complicated. It all seems so confusing. It all seems almost overwhelming for many parents (and teachers) until they recognize that there really is one extremely simple, safe, and inexpensive (dare I say cheap? )#) solution to the entire convoluted dilemma.

In fact you can buy one of these incredibly simple solutions at K-Mart, Wal-Mart, or Costco for as little as $10 to $15 dollars. It requires almost no space, almost no time, and being a rocket scientist is not a prerequisite for knowing how to work this little gizmo. In fact I’ve personally seen kindergartners handle one of these babies with the greatest of ease.

The Technical Name is…

The technical name of this wonderful little childhood-obesity-prevention-machine is a “PULL-UP-BAR. ” Generally speaking it’s a round, chromed pipe that designed to be locked into the top of a doorway at home or in school. In fact this particular location is so common that many of these machines are actually called “DOORWAY PULL-UP-BARS. ”

The Trick is to Use it

Once locked into position there are no moving parts. This means the cost of upkeep on this machine is next to nothing and it’s likely to last for decades, maybe more. Like most exercise equipment, the real trick with a PULL-UP-BAR is to actually use it. In other words if it becomes a dust gatherer or a clothes hanger, the odds of it preventing childhood obesity are reduced to the odds of winning the lotto, maybe worse.

How Does it Tell me What I Need to Know

“That’s all well and good, ” you say, “but how in the world is that little PULL-UP-BAR going to tell me, any parent, or teacher whether or not a child is eating poorly or is failing to get enough exercise? ” The answers to those questions are actually quite simple.

For example, let’s say that you start young, helping your child learn to do pull ups when they’re beginning kindergarten, and by the end of the school year they’ve learned to do five of them. Now, if that child starts stocking up on candy and soda pop, potato chips and pizza instead of the fruits and vegetables, they’ll gain excess weight and their performance will decrease.

When One Goes Up the Other Goes Down

In other words, if they eat poorly the workload (their own body weight) on the pull up bar will increase. When that happens your child’s ability to perform pull ups will begin to decrease from 5 to 4 and from 4 to 3, etc. And if they eat too poorly they’ll soon be unable to do any pull ups at all. In fact for years it’s been common knowledge among physical educators that kids who are obese can never do pull ups, and that kids who can do pull ups are never obese.

On the other hand, if your child focuses on good eating habits, minimizes the bad stuff, and adds a little regular practice a couple times a week, they’ll most likely grow stronger and their performance will increase to 6 or 7 or 8 repetitions instead of decreasing. Performance increases you see, directly reflect lower %’s of body fat, and vice versa.

The Pull Up Bar Knows

That being the case, there ‘s absolutely no doubt that the omniscient pull up bar knows whether your child is eating right or not, and it lets them know in no uncertain terms by increasing or decreasing their performance levels. In other words, the pull up bar pays for good eating habits with automatic performance gains. It also punishes poor eating habits with automatic performance losses. Talk about smart.

If you’ve read this far it won’t be much of a stretch when I tell you that the exercise aspect of this scenario is very similar to the nutritional aspect. That is to say, the pull up bar pays for regular practice with automatic performance gains, and it punishes lack of practice with automatic performance losses.

Even further, the pull up bar pays for your kids to walk back and forth to school, to run and romp at recess, to play a little soccer with friends after school, because all these activities burn calories, repel excess weight, and in the end a pull up bar pays for two things. It pays for a participant to be relatively strong and light, and the feedback occurs automatically whenever you grab hold of the bar and see how many times you can physically pull your own weight.

Smarter, Simpler, Cheaper

If your performance increases, you’re doing things right. If it decreases that’s a sure sign that it’s time to make some adjustments of your eating and/or your exercise habits. A smarter, simpler, and less expensive childhood obesity prevention machine would be extremely hard to imagine. And in this day and age, smarter, simpler, and cheaper are all wonderfully good qualities. Don’t you agree?

Childhood Obesity Prevention Studies Set in a New Context As a nation, we’ve

spent billions and billions of dollars on studies in the name of discovering a practical antidote to childhood obesity.

For example…

We have studies indicating that childhood obesity is related to our modern fast food diet.

We have studies indicating that the odds of childhood obesity are increased in a couch potato generation of kids who prefer TV and video games over riding bikes and climbing trees.

We have studies indicating that the odds of beating obesity are better for kids who have access to daily PE than for kids who lack access to daily PE.

We have studies relating childhood obesity to poor sleeping habits, to green neighborhoods, to a child’s social circles, to parents who take responsibility for their kid’s diet, and to the presence of super markets in economically challenged neighborhoods to mention only a few.

What we have yet to discover in any of our studies is a simple, implementable, documentable, and affordable solution to childhood obesity. We’ve found no magic pill, no silver bullet, no way to inspire and motivate kids to eat better/less and exercise more.

On the Other Hand…

On the other hand, think about this. Show me ten kids who live on a fast food diet, but who can do one single pull up and I’ll show you ten kids who are NOT OBESE.

Show me ten kids who love TV and video games but can do one single pull up, and I’ll show you ten more kids who are NOT OBESE.

Show me ten kids who never get PE in school, but who can do one single pull up, and I’ll show you ten more kids who are NOT OBESE.

Show me ten kids with bad sleeping habits, who live life in gray concrete neighborhoods, with no supermarkets, and who have miserable social circles, but who can do one single pull up and I’ll show you another ten kids who are NOT OBESE. In other words kids who can do pull ups are NEVER OBESE, so why don’t we just help all kids learn to physically pull their own weight?

You see helping kids to learn to do pull ups is “simple, easily implemented, easily documented, and affordable, ” according to the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. So maybe that practical solution to childhood obesity prevention has been hiding in plain sight all along, but in searching high and low for complicated, high tech solutions, we’ve overlooked the obvious. Yes, kids who can do pull ups ARE NEVER OBESE! Let’s help them all learn to physically pull their own weight.

Rick Osbourne spent 17 years as a physical educator and coach. He currently writes for a living, and serves as the Executive Director of Operation Pull Your Own Weight, ( an informational web site that’s dedicated to eliminating childhood obesity in one decade. Osbourne is also a public speaker, and he’s recently published a book entitled “Operation Pull Your Own Weight: A Radically Simple Solution to Childhood Obesity, ” (on the website) that provides practical minded parents and educators with