There is a bake sale taking place at the Capitol today and a dessert auction with all proceeds going to the Iowa Food Bank. A worthy cause and decadent sweets and treats abound. There are so many treats, that if you think of the one thing your grandma made for you as a kid, it is probably being sold here today. The contradiction part is that all this baked goodness is on behalf/part of Lt. Governor Patty Judge's challenge: Your Heart is in Your Hands. Judge is challenging Iowans to live healthier lives by exorcising more, eating well and kicking bad habits. She says in an e-mail to all state employees, "as a former nurse -- I know that our health begins with each of us." So why is she promoting calloric overload in the form of Oreo Layer Cake?
This is from the Lt. Gov's challenge web site http://www.ltgovernorschallenge.us/:
The Lieutenant Governors' Challenge is a 12-week reward based program. Participants may choose to work toward heart health through fitness choices, health choices, or both.
Great, we should all try to live healthy lives and if you set out on a public challenge like this, you should stick to it, not help Iowans deviate from their wellness plan by promoting unhealthy sweets. We all love a good cookie, but is this event really appropriate for the promotion of health and well-being? We say, NO.