Who are the “Determined Bodies, Determined Minds, Inc?”
Determined Bodies, Determined Minds, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organized created to bring awareness to health issues that affect youth and young adults due to the lack of physical exercise and poor nutritional habits. Young people who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of developing Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer, Osteoarthritis, Reproductive Problems, Sleep Apnea and a host of other issues. Our goals are to provide programs that will empower the disenfranchised youth and communities in which they live, to take their health seriously, become knowledgeable of health risk factors, development of life challenges that are achievable, and introduce new physical activities that will aid in future healthy habits. We are committed to developing projects, programs, and community-based curriculums that will educate, empower, inspire, and generate “Healthy Bodies and Educated Minds.”
Why Be Determined?Every year we just talk about being an example for our next generation, but we are losing them to unhealthy habits. It has been said, “I would rather see a sermon than hear one any day.”We want to be that example that people can see. All of the possible health risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, could easily exist in our cycling team. We have decided to say “no” to the norm and want to encourage others to do the same. Only getting up and moving just a little may prolong one’s life.
Did You Know?Elizabeth Landau with CNN.com Health reported that in 2010 the adult obesity rate had risen in 28 states over the past years. She continued in her article, “Obesity rising: Southern states have highest rates,” “Ten out of 11 states with the highest rates of obesity are located in the South; Mississippi has the highest for the sixth year in a row.” These findings are incredible and frightening. Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PolicyLink sites income disparities also “may contribute to this trend of obesity are prevalent in the South.Obesity rates in the U.S. Black and Latino communities are also higher than with any other race in nearly every state, and Landau points out. These rates were all in 2010. Today in 2014, the numbers are getting worse.
The racial disparities in 2010 obesity rates for the U.S. Black and Latino communities were higher than for other races in nearly every state; Landau points out. Today, in 2014, the numbers are continuing to worsen. The rate of childhood obesity is not fairing any better according to National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)’s data from the National Survey of Children’s Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They report that the overall obesity rate remains high, and prevalence among children between 2 and 19 years old have been consistent for the past nine or ten years.In July 2015, April 2016, and 2017, cyclists from around the United States, joined the Tour de Youth team on a mission ride from Dallas to San Antonio in 2015 and from Houston to New Orleans, Louisiana 2016 to say that “We will actively take control of our health.” The team was a significant encouragement for those who need it. The Tour de Youth cycling event in July 2015, April 2016, and 2017 was a culmination of a yearlong health and education strategy. Plans included:
- Health and wellness classes
- Nutritional awareness events
- Medical and dental support for communities
- Youth and adult training events
- Weekly fitness challenges
- Local schools visits and awareness workshops
- Social media encouragement and fitness coaching
- Cycling events /training and more!