As a nation, we talk about food a lot. In fact, we are mildly obsessed with it. Every day there is a new study touting the benefits of the latest “superfood” and another that criticizes last year’s thinking about it. In fact, there is so much to read, interpret, digest and use or discard that just keeping up with the latest in food and nutrition can be a full-time job.
From our headquarters to yours, we and the IDEA Tribe extend you our warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and productive holiday season! These final weeks on the annual calendar mark a perfect time to reflect on your productivity, your accomplishments and even your failures during the past year. Take a few moments to give yourself credit for your successes and to pin- point lessons learned from your ups and downs. We improve by doing. Reviewing the pathway behind us puts us firmly on a familiar road that is paved with experience.
As you probably know, in mid-June the American Medical Association adopted new policy that recognizes obesity as a disease. The controversial move generated much discussion and speculation in social and news media among medical and allied health providers, obese people, the general public and—of course—fitness professionals. IDEA Answers came alive with conversation the day of the announcement, and our Facebook Fan Page erupted in a flurry of posts, both pro and con, when we asked what you thought about the decision.
It’s challenging to make a mind-body connection in an era in which 87% of American adults own cell phones (45% of which are smartphones) and other electronic devices such as tablets and e-book readers. In addition to the rings, pings and dings our phones emit, there is the 24/7 news churn. Many of us are on media and screen overload, and unfortunately, it can be to the detriment of our inner peace. When being disconnected or off the grid is cause for anxiety, perhaps something has gone awry.
Sometimes when you’re out there trying to inspire the rest of the world to fitness and wellness, you neglect taking care of business “at home.” We know you can relate to this because we’ve had this conversation with many of you time and again over the years. The cobbler’s children are the last to get shoes, as the old saying goes.
Among his many memorable and timeless quotes, Ben Franklin wrote long ago that “without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.” It’s a simple and true philosophy that, in many ways, defines the past many months for us and the IDEA staff.