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Welcome to 'C-Force'!

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"C-Force" is my new health column and represents how I have lived for more than 50 years. Most people know that health and fitness are very important to me, and this new column will give readers across the nation and around the world not only the guidelines that I live by but also sound advice from experts who I know are reputable and whom I respect.

In each article, I will use a simple Q-and-A format. Each week, I will answer a question that I receive from readers. (So feel free to write to me today at info@creators.com with your inquiries about health and fitness.)

I believe in and will be writing from a holistic view of health, that wellness is obtained and maintained by treating ourselves as integrated wholes — mind, body and spirit. Neglecting one area will cause the others to suffer. Even the World Health Organization confessed way back in 1948, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

I'm not writing this new column merely to inspire you to eat better and exercise more, but to help set you free from the tyranny of what I call stinkin' thinkin' and the food industry's processed foods and other artery-clogging eatables. I want you to live as optimally as you can, with all the gusto your life can experience and offer, and I believe "C-Force" will help.

Living in a country filled with people who struggle with self-worth, live on processed and fatty foods, and often neglect their spiritual sides or innermost beings, I think "C-Force" fills a needed gap to empower and encourage Americans and others on their lives' journeys.

The fact is our instant and fast-food culture is mastering the bodies and minds of the masses. As a result, most Americans are overweight, undernourished, dehydrated, sick and lacking the zip in their drive to even complete their to-do lists, let alone discover their dreams.

According to the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even childhood and teen obesity in the U.S. has tripled over the past 30 years. Twenty-five percent of kids are overweight or obese, and most parents don't even know it. They also report that one-third of adults are also obese, with another one-third being overweight.

And food isn't our only consumptive threat. An estimated 1 in 5 adults also smokes cigarettes in the United States, inhaling carcinogens each time one is lit. More than 50 percent of American adults don't exercise enough to provide them any health benefits, and 25 percent of adults are not active at all in their leisure time.

To be honest, though I'm an optimist, there's little good to report about most Americans' health.

And why are we doing this to ourselves? Partly because our culture is entrenched in hedonism, which means we are all about pleasure. We go where we feel like going. We do what we feel like doing. We watch what we feel like watching. And we eat what we feel like eating. And God help those who tell us to do otherwise.

The problem is that we are literally killing ourselves in the pleasure process. I hear lots of people say they want to retire early, but I never hear people say they want to die early. But that is exactly what we are doing. As my friend Mike Huckabee says, "We're digging our graves with our knife and fork."

We've confused liberty for licentiousness. We think doing what we feel like doing is power and freedom, when really it's just carrying out what our flesh craves. True freedom is being able to look straight in the eye of what you feel like eating or doing and possess the power to say NO. Eating what we want isn't liberty; that's tyranny. Eating what is right is freedom; that's victory over oppression. And triumph over your mind, body and spirit is exactly what I would like to help you obtain, encouraging you to not only make the right sacrifices but also enjoy the right pleasures.

Being a better you begins with a commitment to creating a better you. And I'm ready to renew that commitment for myself and also create a covenant with you.

Here's the deal. I'll meet you here once a week as a personal trainer. And if you make the commitment to fight to live out the principles I address in every article, I guarantee that it will change your life.

I am going to tell you a little secret, and you have to promise not to tell anyone. My wife, Gena — who is just as, if not more, into health as I am — would like us to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary. When we do, I will be 108 years old! The cat is out of the bag. Do I need to say that I'm under a little pressure? So that goal to recommit my next 50 years to creating an even better me is more apropos than ever.

So, are you ready? If so and you're making that commitment to create a better you, then you've joined C-Force — a global force and power to help create a better you. See, you already have made the first step; you read my first article!

I'll see you next week — same time, same station. Until then, don't ever forget the words of the great fitness legend Jack LaLanne. "Remember this: Your body is your slave; it works for you."

Write to Chuck Norris (info@creators.com) with your questions about health and fitness. To find out more about Chuck Norris and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Thanks, Chuck, look forward to following this column as well. I said to the trainer at our local gym last year that I wish I'd started the workout sessions he's given me 50 years ago. He said, "Well, you just have to keep going for the next fifty years!" So I guess that's the plan from now until I'm 112. I believe the Lord will come back before then, though but in the meantime, we obey Luke 19:13, KJB, "Occupy till I come." God's blessing to Gena and yourself. You are in my prayers daily.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Alan O'Reilly
Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:53 AM
My name is Rob Oliver, I was in charge of the Chuck Norris Karate Studio in Va. Beach, Va. I was lucky enough to train under Mr. Norris and his brother Aaron Norris .I was very young when I started training at the Karate schools in Va. That's when I realized Mr. Norris' conditioning was incredible. After working out with Chuck Norris one afternoon I was blessed to see his inner strength in action. Since that day, his discipline towards being in shape has motivated me for the last 38 years. I have been around and seen some of the most phenomenal athletes and still none compare to Mr. Norris' hard work and dedication. I am now 51 and am in the best shape of my life. I owe all of my efforts to that first workout with Mr. Norris.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Rob Oliver
Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:32 PM
How do you prepare quality healthy food from the junk called produce in stores? Where can you get easy and reasonable prepare times for healthy food? It also does not need to be complicated and fairly quick.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Gary Dan
Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:56 AM
Thank you i have been thinking about joining jenny craig or one of those health plans but cost so much. With myself being a diabetic i have been having problems reading lables not knowing how much sugar is hidden that i dont know about.I want to be around to see my grandsons grow up but the path i am leading it"s not going to happen.So Chuck lets get started to better eating habits better health. God bless you and your wife.
Comment: #4
Posted by: joni
Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:52 AM
Hello and thank you for the inspiration,52 years old,did karate and full contact kickboxing until i was 36.got my uniform out last night and began working out again,wow, i forgot what i was missing.In the old testament king David took all the discontented,poor,sickly,and weak and turned them into a force that could whip any army in the world at that time.We are the mighty men,by His spirit.Again thank you for your leadership,may you walk with him in the cool of the day.
Comment: #5
Posted by: robert harris
Fri Oct 1, 2010 11:37 AM
hey chuck. this is really good on what ur doing c force. im going to be listing to what u say on this site.
Comment: #6
Posted by: adam
Sat Oct 2, 2010 1:37 PM
Dear Chuck Norris,

I am your fan. I send you few letters in your address 1612 Meadow Creek Dallas Tx 75254.

I did not receive any answer yet. I would like to invite you & your wife for my birthday

on Oct.9th on Saterday. please contact with me on my cell (713)517-7285 or (713)978-6001.

I watch your show (walker Texas Rangers) every single day. I would like to learn to do Martial arts

I am teaching myself & practice everynight to do the way you do.
Comment: #7
Posted by: annie baghdassarian
Tue Oct 5, 2010 9:00 AM
I work and have to go to school and i don't have much time to exercise. I want to gain about ten pounds of muscle in the next two months. I own the total gym and was wondering what exercises to do to get to my goal.
Comment: #8
Posted by: Dominic Cicero
Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:46 AM
Also you don't know how much of a fan i am of yours. I spend most of of my class time at school on your website Chucknorris.com. I enjoyed reading your biography and reading about your currets events. I was wondering how the Chuck Norris jokes started?
Comment: #9
Posted by: Dominic Cicero
Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:50 AM
I was wondering do you really have an extra fist for a chin??
Comment: #10
Posted by: Dominic Cicero
Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:52 AM
Every time I hear your name
It reminds me of My Dad
Gone to be w/the lord, but we watched your show together
I see you are associated w/ Dr. Whitaker
I am also involved w/ the nutrition industry
I have yet to meet you at any of the nutrition shows
I live in the Los Angeles area
Hope you can come join us in this area at one of the nutrition shows that go on here
We also have the cancer show here with the Cancer Control Society
Lots of great info for helping folks also
I also follow in the footsteps of him who helped teach Jack LaLanne
I too, am involved in a crusade
First is spiritual, second is health
I am constantly speaking to people everywhere, on the streets, or in the marketplace
Gods Blessings to you
And also on this C-Force
Keep up the good work

Comment: #11
Posted by: Daniel Barco
Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:12 AM
Hello, My name is kim kusserow. I am a big fan of yours. I have had all your movies until I moved down
to Florida, three mounths ago. I always wanted to learn Karate, But my finanaces were low. And
now I am 50 years old and out of work. I am looking ever since I got down here.I walk alot.
I always watch ( Walker Texas Ranger). I always had a dream to meet you in person, But its only a dream.

Comment 12
Posted by: kim kusserow
Mon. 8, 2010 1:19
Comment: #12
Posted by: kim kusserow
Mon Nov 8, 2010 10:19 AM
Sensei Norris,
You have and always will be the biggest inspiration in in my life behind my father and my Sensei. I have been in the Martial arts for 32 years and you continually make our art the best it can be by always setting a great example.

Thank You
Eric
Comment: #13
Posted by: Eric
Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:18 PM
Dear Chuck,
I am asking for some help to boost the spirits of a young boy, PARKER H., age 12 who is from a small farming town in SC. He is by far YOUR BIGGEST fan. He probably would know your scripts... word for word... if he was pressed to tell anyone. Parker had a farming equipment accident on October 30, 2010. He was finally able to come home after 17 days in the local children's hospital . He will return to the children's hospital for his 7th surgery on Monday, Nov 22. The surgery that he will be having will be to add some skin grafts to his hand that was crushed during the accident. He has lost his entire pinkie finger and a good portion of the remaining fingers on his left hand. Parker has not seen his hand since the accident, but will have to face this really soon after the doctors have completed the surgeries.

Again, I would appreciate anything that can be done for PARKER, especially thoughts and prayers by all. A special note, pic or visit would be so awesome for him. He is a special young man. It is with heartfelt wishes to help him to keep his spirits lifted while he is going through the healing process both mentally and physically. I have expressed to his parents that God does have a plan for Parker....he will be there to help someone with the same type of accident in his life one day.

You may respond to me at Cindy@strawman.net
Thanks for your help.
Comment: #14
Posted by: Cindy
Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:35 PM
Hi Chuck

Your a legend, as a father of two sons, a husband, a teacher, a martial artists (Shodan Wado Ryu), your an inspiration. I have read Zen the Secret Power Within and its the best book that I have read. I will be following each column each week.
Comment: #15
Posted by: Michael Chapman
Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:49 PM
Hello Chuck
Just wanted to say how encouraged i have been by you over the years. I recieved my 4th Dan in Tang Soo Do last year and now have had my own school for a little over a year. My son who will be 20 next month will probably take it over next year when i award him his 4th Dan also. He has a severe seizure disorder and has been thru 4 separate brain surgeries and is an amazing individual who has gone through more in his 19 years than most people go through in their whole life. He credits it all to Jesus Christ.
The children in class take to him extremely well and he has a a heart of gold!!!
I would like to invite you to his award ceremony of his 4th Dan when i present it to him in 2012.
You can get ahold of me at kgilly@verizon.net.
Have a great day.
Comment: #16
Posted by: Kurt
Fri Apr 8, 2011 9:17 AM
I love this web page I think that it needs to be in all of the papers in the United States.
Please e-mail me at the above address thanks
Comment: #17
Posted by: Robert T. Leadbeater Jr.
Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:42 PM
Dear Mr. Norris, I'm a Gulf War veteran supporting a project you might be interested in. The Trek for Hope is Matt Parrish's walk from Tampa to LA and back to raise awareness and funds for the children of fallen Special Operations Warriors thru the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Matt just arrived outside of Dallas today. I also contacted Governor Perry's office a short while ago. I am his support team, a one veteran show with a Humvee. I would like to forward some info to you about our mission. God Bless You for the support you have shown our Warriors. Thanks, Chris Williams

Comment: #18
Posted by: CHRIS WILLIAMS
Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:22 PM
HI MY NAME IS JOHNNY WILLIAMS IM 34 YEARS OLD I WEIGH 135 POUNDS 5 FOOT 6 INCHES TALL IM WEAK CANT FIGHT CANT HIT HARD I CANT AFFORD THE TOTAL GYM I WANT ONE SO BAD IM WORRIED ABOUT MY HEALTH EVERYDAY CAN U HELP ME MAKE A LIST OF HEALTY FOODS TO EAT AND A WORK OUT PLAN TO HELP ME GET STRONGER AND TOUGHER THANK YOU P.S UR FREAKING AWESOME
Comment: #19
Posted by: JOHNNY WILLIAMS
Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:48 AM
hello or good evening here is master chuck norris I represent the present of a martial-arts that sapel the simmey algeria karate-do and I qon jaitais young 17 years he nome me chuk norris because the jet ura good mawachi healed well and I'd like to avoire échonge your organiseme and here is my email and my facebook belayel hakim@yahoo.fr hakim belayel and thank-you and jesper you just one day in Algeria.
Comment: #20
Posted by: hakim
Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:18 AM
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