My name is Amanda Sarjant, and I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach who loves to help people with their diet and lifestyle to become healthier and happier.
All through this pandemic I have been upset that health has not been mentioned, but I have not done anything about it.
However, now that we are in the second wave and the numbers are awful, I feel that I need to try and do something.
So, I would like to set up a campaign called ONE STEP A WEEK.
I would love everyone to make one change each week that will take them on a healthier path. It is not about diets and eating salad all the time, but adding foods and changes to your meals and lifestyle that will give your body what it needs to work at its best.
We have become quite an unhealthy nation, from looking at the Government report – Obesity, Physical Activity & Diet released in May 2020 -
- 67% of men were overweight or obese
- 60% of women were overweight or obese
- 26% of men were considered obese
- 29% of women were considered obese
Even more worrying is that 9.7% of reception year children are obese, but by year 6 this figure has risen to 20.2%.
Everyone knows that this is not good, and that being overweight or obese puts you at a greater risk of serious illness, and possibly an earlier death.
All the diseases we have had so far, have been ‘possibly in the future’ diseases and this does not seem to have been enough to make us want to change.
BUT now we have COVID-19, which can happen to you today, it is all so much more real.
Although the figures above are about being overweight it is important to realise that you can have a low level of nutrients even if you are slimmer. To me, this is not about body size, but the health of your body. We all need to ensure that we feed our bodies all the vitamins, minerals etc that it needs to work at its best.
It is important for us all to become healthier and to be a good example to our children.
We know that by washing/sanitising our hands, wearing masks, and keeping apart we help to keep the virus down, but even with this, the numbers increase and so we have to have lockdowns.
We could never have imagined that we would be living like this, luckily now there are the vaccines, so there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
I want to suggest that we take this awful situation and see if we can make a change from it, that we can start to become a healthier nation so that if this anything like this does happen again (and let's really hope not) in the future, we are more able to cope.
We need to start to change now, we all can make changes which will help to teach our children how to live healthier lives. We need to make sure that our bodies have all the nutrients needed to perform at their best and I am hoping that this campaign will start you on your way. That it will encourage a change, and show you how it can help your health.
I understand that it is hard to change habits, especially at the moment with this situation.
So, I am proposing that you make one small step each week, one change that will be easy to implement.
The weekly step will be announced on the Friday; with some information as to why the change is good for your health; so that you have the weekend to get going.
If we all make 50 steps on our path towards health this year, what a difference it could make.
With all of this in mind ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE ONE STEP A WEEK TOWARDS A HEALTHIER LIFE?