Will You Be a Champion for Kids? #AbbottCFK #CBias

It’s a new year which means we are all thinking about ways to improve.  Improve ourselves, our lifestyles, and the lives of others!
2011 was not a great year for many people so I’m looking forward to 2012 being the BEST.YEAR.EVER!  Seriously, I think we are all in for a GOOD change in the coming year!
While assessing 2011, I had to think back on the things I did right, and those that I did wrong!  
One of my “wrongs” was that I have not given back enough lately.  I haven’t helped out enough.  I haven’t been making a difference in this world.  This does not please me!  So how do I fix this?  I look back at some of the things I planned to do last year that I failed to follow through on!

You may or may not have seen a Google+ Story that I published back on November 1, 2011.  I was looking for more ways to stay healthy and  to keep up with these babies of mine.  Specifically I was looking for protein drinks and found Ensure, manufactured by Abbott Nutrition.  

While searching online, I stumbled upon Champion for Kids, a site filled with Simple Service Projects.  It is full of so many ideas for giving back to your community that support and promote healthier lifestyles for kids!  And all of the projects on the site will literally cost you less than $1 per day!

So I pledged to myself (and everyone reading along) that I was getting back on the giving train, but I failed.  I got too busy with the holidays!  I GOT LAZY!  But I’m ready to move forward with it now! 
According to the Abbott Nutrition Champion for Kids Site, the statistics are disturbing!  Did you know that (and these are direct quotes from the site):
  • More than 16 million children under the age of eighteen in the United   States are food insecure — unable to consistently access adequate   amounts of nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.
  • The developing immune systems of young children ages 0–5 make them   especially vulnerable to nutritional deprivation and as a result, the stability to learn, grow, and fight infections is adversely affected.        
  • While having enough food is important, the nutritional quality of that food   is equally  important.  Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents ages 2–19 are obese, and 1 of 7 low-income, preschool-aged   children is obese.    
I can’t ignore these statistics and I must take action! I’m calling two organizations that I feel could use some help, The Boys and Girls Club of America and our local Resource and Crisis Center.  My plan is “simple”!  We are giving up our daily “bad for us” soda intake (again) and we are saving that money to purchase healthy snacks for one of these organizations.  
It really is that simple!  So who’s with me?  We can make a difference, one family, one child at a time!

I’ll be back to share soon, but in the meantime, I challenge YOU to make a difference too!  Will YOU be a Champion for Kids?  
Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective BiasAll ideas and opinions are entirely my own!
About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. Kristy Still says:

    Great post, I love this campaign!! What a wonderful way to support nutrition!

  2. Jules Cohn says:

    Christy-You give so much every day, do not feel bad! Champions for Kids is such a great program, and you are helping to raise awareness-I cannot wait to see your followup!

  3. Dawn@LightenUp! says:

    Christy, what a great, simple, idea! You’re such an inspiration. Fantastic!!

  4. clgossett says:

    Thanks ladies! I really am excited about getting back into the PIF missions for 2012! Been a slacker! I’ve been talking with both organizations this morning and this is super exciting!

  5. Great post Christy you bring such energy to the table, look forward to your next post!

  6. Praising Mom says:

    THis is neat!

    New follower from Meaningful Monday Hop! 🙂

    Looking forward to getting to know you more.


  7. I wasn’t familiar with this amazing program before. I’m checking out the site now and hope to find a way to get involved. It’s awesome to find ways to give back through effort and energy versus pure monetary support (or in addition). Thanks for the idea!