September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. While it is not the only time to address this growing epidemic it is the perfect time to start you and your family on track for a healthier lifestyle.
Over the past several decades we have witnessed childhood obesity grow to epidemic proportions. More than 23 million children and teenagers are obese or overweight. That’s roughly one child in every three. These youngsters risk developing serious health problems in adulthood, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and several types of cancer. The financial impact is a sobering $14 billion per year in direct health care costs alone. The psychosocial consequences can hinder these kids academically and socially.
The effort to combat the epidemic begins at home. Parents have enormous influence over their children’s lifestyles by the example they set and the decisions they make. By modeling healthy eating and physically active lifestyles, we can set our children on the road to a lifetime of good habits. The Greene County Community Center and Jefferson Park & Recreation are here to help you on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. Youth programs including soccer, basketball, tumbling, etc. are offered throughout the year. The GCCC is an excellent facility for pick up games of basketball, volleyball, racquetball, cardio workouts or weight training. If the weather is nice, visit one of Jefferson’s parks or go for stroll down the Raccoon River Valley Bike Trail or on the trail at Daubendiek Park.
The fight against childhood obesity gains momentum in September, and the results can last a lifetime. All children deserve a healthy start in life; it’s our responsibility to make that possible. Learn more at www.COAM-month.org.