This year marks the fifth anniversary of First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative. The initiative was introduced as a means to help fight childhood obesity. There have been some significant changes and advancements made in fighting obesity as a result of this movement which she outlined at the annual “Building a Healthier Future” summit.
On Monday, she will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres show to introduce a new campaign called #GimmeFive. The campaign’s purpose is to ask Americans to share five ways they are living a healthy lifestyle. They ask that you share your ideas or habits on social media using the hashtag #GimmeFive. One of their fun suggestions is dancing and they are introducing a new group dance for us to learn to help us get up and get moving.
While childhood obesity is a huge problem in this country, so is pet obesity with over 52% of dogs and 57% of cats found to be overweight or obese. Our blogs, SlimDoggy and SlimKitty are focused on helping you keep your pet healthy and fit through food, fun & fitness. Not only that, our #PetsMove campaign was launched as a companion initiative to Let’s Move, and specifically designed to help our motivate you and your pets.
In honor of the five-year anniversary, we thought a great way to celebrate would be to join in with a list of five ways our pets, Jack & Maggie live a healthier lifestyle. Feel free to add your ideas here, or on your own social media using hashtag #GimmeFive and #PetsMove.
Five Ways Jack and Maggie are Living a Healthy Lifestyle:
- We exercise every day. Yes, every. single. day. We don’t skip a day (except for injury or illness), rain or shine. They get up and they move with either a long walk or a run.
- We mix up their exercise routine so they don’t get bored, complacent and soft. We try to do mix running, walking, strength and flexibility training and very important for all dogs, especially our seniors, balance and core training.
- We watch how much they eat. The reality is that WE control the portioning of their food not them. If your dog is overweight, it’s because YOU are feeding it TOO MUCH of possibly the wrong food. We measure their food with a measuring cup. We don’t follow what it says on the bag because that is not appropriate for our dogs. We also remember to include the treats we dole out as part of their daily calorie budget.
- We watch what they eat. Again, we feed them, so we take care to read their dog food labels or search our dog food database and feed the best quality food that we can. We want to ensure it has healthy ingredients, so we check our SlimDoggy Ingredients series to make sure don’t inadvertently feed them something that is harmful.
- We do all of this together as a family. Our dogs love being with us and nothing makes them happier then when the family piles in the car together to go to the park or the beach or even just the pet store. Their mental health in the form of love, affection and proper training is critical to keeping Jack and Maggie healthy.
We are joining up with the Monday Mischief Blog Hop, hosted by Snoopy's Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog and My Brown Newfies