Hiya! So I haven't posted in a few days and it feels like forever! Work has been busy, which I love, and I have been put in charge of running a kids after school program which we are calling "Results for Kids Performance Academy." (Results is the name of my gym and I came up with the Performance Academy part! :) ) It's been a lot of work, but a lot of fun at the same time. There is SOOOO much potential in my field when it comes to kids and I know we can rock this program and make it successful! My favorite part of getting this all together is actually doing some research and learning about the obesity epidemic in our country for not only adolescents but also adults. It's sad and scary and something needs to be done. I created a "Did you know..." section in one of my write ups for the kids academy which I have posted below. The scariest part of these facts, in my opinion, is the fact that knowing these things, hearing what bad for you STILL isn't motivation enough for a parent to educate their child AND/ OR themselves on living a healthy lifestyle through fitness and nutrition. THIS is the true problem. I believe, and I'm sure it's proven all over the place, that the PRIMARY reason our country has so much cancer and diabetes and heart disease is improper nutrition. We are not educated nearly enough, children are not educated nearly enough, on proper nutrition and fitness. I could go on and on and on and on and on!!!! Haha - but I'm not :P
Here is a blurb of I wrote up for the Kids Academy....
Did you know.....
- Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
- Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
- Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
- Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
Lets help to prevent childhood obesity together!
Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
- The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media, and the food and beverage industries and entertainment industries.
- After school activities play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors.These activities also provide opportunities for childrento learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.