Like millions of Americans I am quite nervous about what the new Trump administration may do in the years to come. This election heralded in the views of many who want sweeping change because they are fed up with government, inaction and gridlock. I don't blame them. Things at the top level of government move slow, especially in areas that have such polarizing opinions like health, science and the environment.
But my question is about the legacy that the present administaration will leave on health policy and the positive steps that have taken place over the course of 8 years. What will be remembered? What have they done? What is in jeopardy of being changed once Trump comes in?
Michelle Obama and Barack Obama are two of the fittest presidential couples that the US has ever seen. I remember years ago hearing about how Michelle grew up battling on the basketball court with brothers and friends, something that Barack enjoyed as well. They were the first to plant a garden at the White House that was an actual working garden for the kitchen in the White House. The first family showed that it wasn't just about roses anymore!
Michelle Obama in particular has spent her entire time in office devoted to the 'Let's Move" campaign. This movement has produced substantial change for the health of our population and more importantly, for our kids. From the dinner table at home to the healthy choices in schools, to the abolition of food deserts in urban areas, this administration made substantial change that can be seen today.
If you would like to see more about 'Let's Move", visit the link HERE
Not only in action were the Obama's devoted to health and nutrition. Policies that have made it through congress because of the passion of the couple have shaped the Farm Bill, Public Parks, and even National Parks.
Today we bite our nails about what may come in terms of health policy and environmental policy. The Trumps are not at all pillars of health even though that subject was touted during the campaign. So I wonder? Will the legacy be carried on? Will our kids keep getting the resources and benefits of science and health to keep us strong and fight obesity?
Hindsight is funny like this. Looking back and appreciating the good that was overlooked during the struggle. Like all presidential families the Obamas were put front and center and they delivered as a model family. Michelle and Obama did real good things and put things in motion for our country and our youth. Lets keep our eyes open and fight the good fight to ensure that we keep progressing over the next 4 years and the legacy remains..
IN Honor Of Verterans Day, For all those who have given so much so we can enjoy what we have.
Five rounds for time of:
15' Rope climb, 3 ascents
10 Toes to bar
21 Walking lunge steps with 45lb plate held overhead
Run 400 meters