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The Charge Up Campaign, founded by Charessa Sawyer, is a nonprofit organization on a mission to focus on the importance of reducing mental health challenges that arise due to social, economic and health concerns in families dealing with cancer.  Through a mission that God placed on her heart after being alongside her mother through her breast cancer journey, her organization ensures that cancer patients/survivors receive positive reinforcement and support.  Read all about Charessa and her amazing organization on the Chronicles Too!  Link below:

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/charessa-sawyer/

The Chronicles Too! is Classy Living Society’s online blog that features individuals, businesses and nonprofits doing amazing things in the community.  Get featured!  (Link below)

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/about/#featured

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Obesity is a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems.  A few facts about obesity:

  1. More than 1/3 of adults in America are obese.
  2. Obesity affects 1 in 6 children in the United States.
  3. Obesity is linked to more than 60 diseases.
  4. Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults.
  5. Your waist size increases your risk for diabetes.
  6. Obesity causes more deaths than being underweight.
  7. Obesity is costly; people with obesity pay over $1000 a year more in medical costs.
  8. Ethnicity can affect your likelihood of obesity.
  9. Obesity is most common in middle age.
  10. Older women are more likely to be obese than men.
  11. Americans are eating more calories than ever before.

Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/obesity-facts#1

Medical News Today’s website states these statistics:

The health risks associated with obesity are many; they include an overall increased risk of death from all causes, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, and mental illness.

Because obesity is associated with such a wide range of health issues, understanding the numbers behind this trend is more important than ever.

Currently, about 36 percent of American adults are obese — more than 1 in 3. And, globally, more than 1 in 10 humans are obese.

Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319902.php

According to Everyday Health’s website, here’s what you can do to lose weight or avoid becoming overweight or obese:

  • Eat more fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains.
  • Exercise, even moderately, for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Cut down your consumption of fatty and sugary foods.
  • Use vegetable-based oils rather than animal-based fats.

So walk a little more, eat a little less — and do what you need to do to maintain a healthy weight.

Everyday Health: https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/obesity-prevention.aspx

Obesity Action Coalition – a Nonprofit Organization Making a Difference!

During a meeting of legislators, a congressperson asked the question – “Who represents patients who are affected by obesity?” It was then that a legislator pointed out a serious need – a group whose only focus is on those affected by obesity. With this, the Obesity Action Coalition was formed in 2005 with the goal of building a national coalition of those who are living with and/or affected by obesity.

The OAC is a more than 58,000 member-strong 501(c)(3) National non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to the individual affected by the disease of obesity and helping individuals along their journey toward better health through education, advocacy and support. Their core focuses are to raise awareness and improve access to the prevention and treatment of obesity, provide evidence-based education on obesity and its treatments, fight to eliminate weight bias and discrimination, elevate the conversation of weight and its impact on health and offer a community of support for the individual affected.

For more information on OAC, visit their website at https://www.obesityaction.org

written by Janine Lattimore

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“Joy is found when you focus your energy on improving human dignity, human capacity and human values” – Amit Ray

As we continue our focus on Human and Sex Trafficking this month, we shine the spotlight on Free the Girls, an international 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support to sex trafficking survivors with a path to true freedom. It’s a journey from horrific trauma to reintegrating into the life they were meant to live within their family and community. Their goal for true freedom is measured by economic freedom, restored health, social well-being, education, and opportunity for a different, hopeful future.  They wanted to answer the question, “What are these women being rescued to?”  Please read more about Free the Girls by clicking on the link below.  It is an extraordinary organization that envisions a world in which previously enslaved women are leading vibrant, successful, integrated lives.

https://freethegirls.org/

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CLS partners with nonprofit organizations to bring awareness to issues we are passionate about.  This week, we would like to spotlight one of those causes: Childhood Obesity.  Information resource: https://www.cdc.gov/features/childhoodobesity/index.html

There Are Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Obesity and Support Healthy Growth in Children

To help ensure that children have a healthy weight, energy balance is important. There are many things parents can do to help their children achieve a healthy weight and maintain it.

  • Be aware of your child’s growth. Learn how obesity is measured in children, and use CDC’s Child and Teen BMI Calculator to screen your child for potential weight issues.
  • Provide nutritious, lower-calorie foods such as fruits and vegetables in place of foods high in added sugars and solid fats. Try serving more fruit and vegetables at meals and as snacks.
  • Make sure drinking water is always available as a no-calorie alternative to sugary beverages and limit juice intake.
  • Help children get the recommended amount of physical activity each day. Find age appropriate activities here.
  • Be a role model! Eat healthy meals and snacks, and get the right amount of physical activity every day.
  • Learn what you can do to help shape a healthy school environment.

Addressing Obesity Can Start in the Home, but Also Requires the Support of Providers and Communities

We can all take part in the effort to encourage children to be more physically active and eat a healthy diet.

State and local health departments, businesses, and community groups can:

  • Ensure that neighborhoods have low-cost physical activity opportunities such as parks, trails, and community centers.
  • Offer easy access to safe, free drinking water and healthy, affordable food options.

Health Care Providers can:

  • Measure children’s weight, height and body mass index routinely.
  • Connect or refer families to breastfeeding support services, nutrition education, or childhood healthy weight programs as needed.

Early Care and Education centers and schools can:

  • Adopt policies and practices that support healthy eating, regular physical activity, and limited screen time.
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice these behaviors.

Working together, we all have a role in making healthier foods, beverages, and physical activity the easy choice for children and adolescents to help prevent childhood obesity.

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Each week, CLS will highlight the nonprofit organizations that take a stand against and build awareness regarding issues CLS is passionate about.  This week, that nonprofit is Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) .

There are an estimated ten million obese and overweight American kids who experience the ongoing frustrations associated with excessive weight and often do not know where to turn. The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc., a grassroots organization, was formed in April 2002 to join the fight against the deadly epidemic of childhood obesity. The Center aims to spread awareness of this critical issue and significantly reduce the presence of childhood obesity in our communities.

In this day of medical marvels, we as yet have no cure for obesity, but we do have the ability to make choices. America will have to choose nutrition over revenues and meal planning over instant gratification. Every community and every family will have to choose to ensure that children receive the reassurance and support they need to make lifelong choices for a happy, healthier life. The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc., is eager to embrace this challenge.

Our mission is to provide a parent and child resource center for the clinically diagnosed and at-risk children of obesity. The Center promotes weight management and lifestyle changes through nutrition education, peer socialization, physical activity and community involvement.

Discover their programs and ways you can get involved. http://www.choicesforkids.org/

C.H.O.I.C.E.S. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
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As part of a giving back effort at the 5th Annual Red Dress Gala and in honor of Veteran’s Day, Classy Living Society asked Gala attendees to bring “thank you” letters to be included in its “Operation Gratitude Care Packages.” A makeshift military post office was designed and sat in the alcove of the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Ballroom where the Gala was held on Sunday, November 11.

CLS wishes to thank all who participated in composing letters to encourage our troops.  The letters were bundled into packages for troops, veterans, new recruits, wounded heroes and their caregivers, and first responders for their service to our country and were sent to https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/write-letters/.

 

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Welcome to the NEW Classy Chronicles!

Formerly, the Classy Chronicles was the official online digital magazine of Classy Living Society. The newly revamped Classy Chronicles is now a platform housed on the Classy Living Society website! Through easy-to-navigate dropdown menus, the Classy Chronicles provides an outlet to many subjects of interest at the click of a mouse – articles and features that highlight people who are doing amazing things in the community, health and wellness, work-life balance, beauty and fashion and more!

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