On June 10, 2010 President Barrack Obama signed an executive order that may very well change your life, at least that seems to be the directive in the new EO titled Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.
After it was brought to our attention by the Nanny State Liberation Front, we took a closer look at it (and you should to – it’s shorter than the Arizona immigration law). It seems innocent enough based on its title, but like the Patriot Act, the important stuff is in the fine print.
According to the Executive Order that details the Presidentâ€™s â€œNational Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy,â€ the Council will be charged with carrying out â€ lifestyle behavior modificationâ€ among American citizens that do not exhibit â€œhealthy behavior.â€
The Presidentâ€™s desired lifestyle behavior modifications detailed in Sec. 6 (c) focus on:
- smoking cessation
- proper nutrition;
- appropriate exercise;
- mental health;
- behavioral health;
- sedentary behavior (see Sec. 3 [c]);
- substance-use disorder; and
- domestic violence screenings.
Making matters even worse, if that is even possible at this point, President Obama will create an â€œAdvisory Groupâ€ composed of experts hand-picked from the public health field and various other areas of expertise â€œoutside the Federal Government.â€
You didn’t really think you could go on doing whatever you want to do even though it doesn’t hurt anyone forever, did you?
Whether you are a child, a parent, a worker, or retired, the Presidentâ€™s approximately 25-member â€œAdvisory Groupâ€ will soon be present in every aspect of Americansâ€™ lives, as the Executive Order prescribes in Sec. 4 (b). Specifically, our new so-called lifestyle behavior modification advisors will be actively carrying out the Presidentâ€™s orders in:
- worksite health promotion;
- community services, including community health centers;
- preventive medicine;
- health coaching;
- public health education;
- geriatrics; and
- rehabilitation medicine.
President Obamaâ€™s sweeping plan to enforce â€œlifestyle behavior modificationâ€ is chock full of open-ended target areas, especially when it comes to issues of â€œmentalâ€ and â€œbehavioralâ€ health, â€œproper nutrition,â€ â€œsedentary behavior,â€ and â€œappropriate exercise.â€ The Presidentâ€™s Executive Order is a blatant and forceful attempt to adjust the way Americans young and old think, behave, eat, drink and whatever else free will used to entitle our nationâ€™s citizens to enjoy as prescribed by the Founding Fathers.
If some of these folks have their way, your cigarettes, salt, soft drinks, coffee, trans fats, candy, or decision to chill on the couch and watch TV could very well be banned in the future.
Though we’re not necessarily expecting that a new federal policing agency will be created to oversee those breaking lifestyle or behavioral guidelines, we will not rule it out at this point. We’ve seen a new level of ridiculousness in America over the last couple of decades, so anything is possible.