'Show Me Better Health' created by Aetna Better Health of Missouri and Robert Ferguson, CEO of Diet Free Life and founder of the non-profit organization The Ferguson Foundation, started this program to educate people on nutrition with the knowledge and understanding of how to eat right and it starts with the parents at home especially the moms.
Ferguson has worked with Fortune 100 companies, celebrities, elite professional athletes and thousands of everyday people to lead them to a transformed body through self-love and a diet free lifestyle.
Obesity remains one of the biggest threats to the health of our children and our country. Around 17 percent of children and more than 30 percent of adults are currently considered obese putting them at heightened risk for a wide range of health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure.
Childhood obesity rates are on the rise in the U.S., but Ferguson believes this can be changed if you get people to think differently about food and the way you eat.
'Show Me Better Health' ' started in Missouri and the teachings of Ferguson’s Diet Free Life method are expanding to all 50 states beginning with California, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Indiana and Kentucky. The program is a an eight week one day per week one-hour course that's free and open to the public.
The goals of the program:
1) He starts with educating the parents at home. Ferguson wants the moms to 'get their sexy back' and feel good about themselves, so that gives the opportunity for their children to be healthier.
2) Meet people where they are at culturally, socially, economically and psychologically..
3) Keep them engaged with clarity and results.
Here are some staggering statistics:
Howard University Hospital reports: Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. This increases to 80 percent if one or more parent is overweight or obese.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reports that if one parent is overweight or obese, the child is 40 percent likely to be overweight or obese as an adult. If both parents are overweight or obese, the child is 80 percent more likely to be overweight or obese as an adult.
82% of Black women are overweight or obese compared to 63.2% of White women.
77.2% of Latino women are overweight or obese compared to 63.2% of White women.
Stats on how the program is working: Over 90% retention, average increase of Healthy Eating Index is 35 points, average weight loss for parents is 20 pounds in first 8 weeks, and as parents are getting healthier, we are seeing improvements with their children's BMI.
In the video: Show Me Better Health launches a program focused on reversing childhood obesity. Beginning in the state of Missouri, the initiative (pilot program) launched with a five city tour featuring Robert's mom.
His inspiration for the program: As a child growing up Ferguson watched his mom become a victim of yo-yo dieting and struggle with her weight and eating habits. He wanted to change that. His mom started listening to her son and changed her eating habits and the way she thought about food. She has been sober for 35 years now, lost 110 pounds and beat breast cancer twice. She is healthier and happier now at age 69.
Fox 4 (Texas) interview where Ferguson talks childhood obesity and shows you how to eat a diet free lifestyle:
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