A riveting article in the U.S. Today explains Mission Readiness, an attempt to invest in the youth of the United States. The group consists of retired military men and women, as well as senior officials who are looking out for the next generation of American youngsters. It is reported that, “currently, 75 percent of 17- to 24-year olds in the US cannot serve in the military, primarily because they are physically unfit, have not graduated from high school, or have a criminal record.” The primary effort of the mission is to promote healthier, positive lifestyles through diet and activity. Although there are many places to invest in youth health, the school system is an integral first step. “About 31 million children eat lunch at school every day, and 11 million eat breakfast. Kids consume about 30% to 50% of their calories in school.”
What this is pointing out is that there (hypothetically) could come a point when we send our healthiest, most fit service men and women to defend our country, while the laziest, most unhealthy, obese Americans sit on the home front. We are now facing a point in the American obesity epidemic where our self-inflicted unhealthy lifestyles could be a threat to homeland security.
Read the article, here.