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NAACP Healthy Living Program

WHEREAS, all Americans are constantly exposed to unhealthy foods through commercial ads enticing purchases at local grocery stores and schools. An alarming number of African Americans are obese and are suffering adverse health issues; and

WHEREAS, poly-unsaturated, mono-unsaturated and omega-3 fats are all good lifestyle choices. These good fats lower your LDL cholesterol and raise your HDL cholesterol, which correlates with decreased risk for heart disease; and

WHEREAS, according to the American Heart Society in 2009, cardiovascular disease caused the deaths of 46,334 black males and 48,070 black females; and

WHEREAS, members who participate in minimizing their consumption of sweets, soft drinks, sugary fruit juices and choose whole fruits, water, and freshly­ squeezed juices instead places them on a healthy path; and

WHEREAS, those who eat a variety of fruits and vegetables for their high vitamin and mineral content will consume fewer processed foods. Enjoying whole grains such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice and many others will contribute to members whole healthy lifestyle; and

WHEREAS, light exercise is a great way to keep bodies physically fit. Four out of every five African Americans are overweight or obese according to data released by The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Minority Health; and

WHEREAS, studies show that African American youth and adults averaged 75 minutes of exercise a week, less than the 150 minutes of moderate exercise that is recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP implement a Healthy Living Program designed to improve the quality of life for NAACP members; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the NAACP units are encouraged to offer healthy food and exercise options during conventions, meetings, and other events.

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