This year I have been fortunate to work for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. My role is to help schools participate in the Jump Rope for Heart program, so a lot of my time at work is focused on coordinating that aspect, helping the teachers and kids see how their participation helps them by increasing their daily exercise as well as helping fellow Canadians by fundraising to aid in research and medical advances.
As I stand in front of large groups of students talking about these things I realize I need to start doing what I'm talking about: getting at least 60 minutes of exercise a day, and taking better care of my own health through diet (although I don't talk about food at all in my presentations). I've started to ride my bike to work when I can, and now really need to get on board with the diet part.
Inspired by the Jump Rope for Heart Presentations to get my 60 minutes of physical activity in everyday day.
Recently The Heart and Stroke Foundation released a position statement on sugar. To sum it up in a single sentence: Canadian consume too much sugar.
The recommendation is that Canadians consuming an average 2000calorie diet should limit their sugar intake to 48 grams, 12 teaspoons, or less of sugar a day. Initially my reaction was "no problem, 12 teaspoons is a lot". Except when you really look at your diet, it's not.
We're talking all added sugar - including natural sugars like honey, maple syrup, and fruit juices. It doesn't take long to get to 48 grams - for example in my fridge right now I could have a Vanilla Flavoured Activia yogurt and a single serving (1 cup) of Sunrype 100% pure juice, and be at 39grams of sugar. WHOA - that's almost the full days recommended amount!
So the challenge at work, starting this week I believe, is to see if we can do it. How long does it take to adjust what we are eating to hit that target?
Want to read the position on sugar - check it out here.
Also please note, this isn't a sponsored post at all, I believe that this is an important issue and that it ties into a lot of what I'm trying to do in my out of work life - get healthier, become a better role model, and live a better life.
Let's start taking better care our our hearts!