I Will SAVE America

I Will SAVE America

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JoshPicCrop2.jpgDid you know a total of 66% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, with a whopping 34% of those being obese.  And did you know that a little over 9 million children in America are overweight or obese?  Can you believe that a total of $1.7 trillion dollars goes toward treating overweight Americans annually?

Let's take a look at what happens to your body when you are overweight/obese.  If you “live” in this category, the door is open for you to have many different types of health problems that include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and certain types of cancer.  All of which lead to a shortened life expectancy and a decreased quality of life.

You know, exercise and eating clean foods is the answer to solving all of this.  No medicine, prescriptions, or pills will fix this growing problem...just exercise and clean eating. That's it.  Sounds simple doesn't it?

So what stops people from being active and eating a proper nutritious diet?  Well I think that's an easy answer.  Television, video games, fast food, alcohol, drugs, and friends.  OK, so maybe not that easy of an answer.  Advertisements in America tell us that it's okay to watch television and play video games all day, then sell us on eating yummy McDonald's hamburgers when we're hungry.  Is cycle is slowly killing us while the large “burger corporations” continue to make tons of money.  Yes, I know it's hard to comprehend, but these companies aren't too concerned about your health...they really just want your money.

So I would like to talk about your nutrition.  You could work out everyday and if you don't have the proper nutrition you will never see great results and will actually do damage to your body.  Nutrition is literally 80% and fitness is 20% of being healthy and fit. You need to eat 6 small meals per day to keep your metabolism going. You need to consume 10 to 35% of your total caloric intake from protein (whole egg, turkey, chicken, fish, beans, peanuts, lentils, and hummus are some examples).  You need to consume carbohydrates (fruit, veggies, nuts, beans) everyday to supply your body with energy.  A great thing to do is to look up the Glycemic Index on Google and try to eat foods that have a low GI number.  You also should consume plenty of fiber (fruits, veggies, oats).  The best thing to do when shopping for these foods is only to shop on the perimeter of the grocery store because a majority of grocery stores have all the healthy foods in these sections.  Another great rule of thumb is to stay away from anything that is a processed food.  The longer the shelf life on a food the shorter your life will be.  The biggest thing I tell people is to make sure they drink plenty of water.  Your body is like the earth and is made up mostly of water. If you are not properly hydrated it can cause your kidneys to work harder while raising your blood pressure and creating weight gain.  On a normal day, you should drink more than 110oz of water, and if you are active, you should drink more than that.

So what is a good standard for exercise?  Children and adults should receive 60-minutes of physical activity per day.  Don't whine, 60-minutes of physical activity is nothing in the grand scheme of your day.  This physical activity can include walking, hiking, jogging, swimming, sit-ups, jumping rope, push-ups, playing sports, or vacuuming the house, taking out the garbage, and mowing your yard.  Just do something that will elevate your heart rate!  It's hard to give a plan for the general population because everyone is so different.  I would be more than happy to work with you personally and come up with a plan that works for you and your lifestyle.

I ask all of you who read this to help me end this trend of obesity and literally SAVE America.  Do your part and be healthy, get out and exercise everyday.  Eat your fruits and veggies.  Watch out for more blog posts to come as I will talk more in depth about a healthy nutrition plan and exercising.


About Josh Vittetoe:
Josh is a male military spouse who went to school for Sports Medicine to become a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist.  He is now a Health and Fitness coach for Beachbody.  Throughout Josh's blog posts, his goal will be to teach as many readers as he can about the benefits of clean eating and exercise.

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Sesame Street and USO Tour - Japan and Korea

SesameUSO.jpgYEAH SESAME STREET!  This tour is still going on for those in Japan and Korea.  Could be a great way to spend an afternoon with your family!


The tour which begins at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska on May 29 and will visit 42 bases in 8 European and Pacific countries over the next six months.  The organizations hope others will be inspired to learn more and suggest these five simple actions everyone can do to support military families:
1.        Volunteer at one of the more than 160 USO locations around the world and discover ways you can take action locally.
2.        Offer to help a military family on the home front who live on or off base.  Whether you see that their lawn needs to be mowed or garbage cans taken in, helping with simple household chores and errands can really relieve some of the stress a family may be feeling.
3.        Teach your child how they can help support military kids in their school by visiting uso.org/get-involved.aspx and or Facebook.com/SesameStreetforMilitaryFamilies.
4.        Lend an ear to listen to a military spouse as sometimes just having someone there to vent to or talk to when you may feel all alone can be the greatest support of all.
5.        Say thank you to a military member and their family for their service, sacrifice and strength.  Our troops and their families make sacrifices so we don't have to and those two simple words say so much.
“There is nothing that comes close to the feeling you get when you see the smile on a child's face at our Sesame Street shows.  I knew we had something very special the first time I saw the smiles of our military families, and here we are five years later, celebrating a tour that that has traveled the globe three times over and is about to do it again,” said Sloan Gibson, USO President and CEO.  “The USO is proud to be on Capitol Hill celebrating the tour's fifth birthday and assembling care packages for troops overseas.  There is no better way to commemorate such a momentous occasion than IN our nation's capital and WITH our friends at Sesame Street.” 
The longest running tour in USO history, the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families has taken its message to more than 368,000 troops and military families, and performed 631 shows on 145 military installations in 33 states and 11 countries.  In 2011,Sesame Street and the USO introduced a brand new character named Katie – a military child experiencing the stresses of moving as her parents are transferred to a new duty station.  Last year, Katie and her Sesame Street pals visited 67 military bases and performed 204 shows stateside.
 “Sesame Street has so much admiration and respect for our military families, we feel privileged to partner with our friends at the USO and be a part of this special USO Care Package event,” said H. Mel Ming, Sesame Workshop President and CEO.  “This is a great way to show our continued support to our service men and women and to celebrate five years of bringing our resources and the Sesame Street/USO Experience to Military Families to installations around the world.”

Operation USO Care Packages contain vital items troops use every day, from prepaid international phone cards and snacks to travel-size toiletries and comfort items.  Designed as a way for America to say 'thank you' to our troops and their families overseas as well as to unite communities, today's Care Packages included a special gratitude card from Cookie Monster as well as a personal note to troops signed by USO Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., Tim Walz, DFL-Minn., Howard (Buck) McKeon, R-Cali., and Adam Smith, D-Wash.
Since 2003, the USO has delivered 2.3 million care packages to bring a touch of home and necessities to active duty military serving all over the world.  USO Care Packages are distributed to troops traveling through the USO's more than 160 locations worldwide as well as to troops serving overseas. 
Whether on the frontlines, with their loved ones, in recovery or in remembrance, the USO and Sesame Street are adapting to meet the needs of those who need us most.  Operation USO Care Package and The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families are just two of the ways we can help them navigate life's challenges. To learn more Operation USO Care Package visitwww.uso.org/operation-uso-care-package.aspx.  To learn more about the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families or check for the latest tour info visit www.USO.org/Sesame
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Totally Fake Reader Mailbag Edition

RobSitePic.jpg[These aren't real questions that avid readers have sent in, yearning for my sage advice. I'm just paraphrasing some discussions I've had about money with family, friends, and co-workers]

I just changed jobs. Should I leave my 401(k) with my old employer, or roll it over to my new employer's 401(k) plan?


You shouldn't do either. You should rollover your old 401(k) into an IRA with low-cost mutual funds, like Vanguard. There are 2 main problems with 401(k) accounts in general:




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