By focusing on problem selection, rather than rushing out an innovation no one wants like so many trigger-happy entrepreneurs, Parker put himself in position for the string of blockbusters that his critics blithely attribute to sequential luck. Napster was the transition between CDs and MP3s after the Internet made it possible to strip content from its container. Facebook was a vehicle to create a reliable identity in an anonymous online world. Spotify is an attempt to fix the very music industry that Napster helped break a decade before.
Brian Stelter recently celebrated two big milestones: He turned 26, and he lost a whopping 75 pounds - carefully, healthfully, and in full view of all his colleagues, friends, peers and beyond, to be impressed and inspired by his accomplishment.
Tonight he’s celebrating his birthday - and that accomplishment - Charitini-style, by encouraging his friends and fans to celebrate by making a donation “in lieu of another round of drinks” to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, “one of the pre-eminent groups tackling childhood obesity.” (Endorsed by the Big Dog no less!). According to the Alliance:
- Students often consume up to 50% of their daily calories at school.
- Young people today are eating on average 8% more than they were less than 30 years ago.
- Nationally, 83% of elementary schools, 97% of middle/junior high schools, and 99% of high schools sell food and beverages through vending machines, school stores, or a la carte in the cafeteria.
- Poor nutrition during childhood can have lasting effects and impair cognitive development and school performance.
The obesity stats are scary, and between nutrition and exercise kids these days are being massively shortchanged. BusinessWeek called childhood obesity “a major public health concern,” leading inexorably to an increase in cardiovascular disease. Kids should be able to eat right and play hard. Brian and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation want to change that - with your money! So donate here.
And hey, if you don’t want to donate for Brian, you should donate for your COUNTRY - because no less an authority than THE PRESIDENT has proclaimed September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2010 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. I encourage all Americans to take action by learning about and engaging in activities that promote healthy eating and greater physical activity by all of our Nation’s children.
So be aware! And help support healthy kids for a healthy future. Alcohol adds calories, anyway.
Photo of BriStelt and his healthy friends taken from The Deadline.
A great guy and a great cause. Happy Birthday Brian!