According to www.stop-childhood-obesity.com, obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years and childhood obesity has become an American epidemic. Today in the U.S., over nine million children over the age of six – up to 33 percent of children – are obese, and the epidemic affects both boys and girls in all race and ethnic groups. It’s a shocking wake-up call to realize that we’re in danger of raising the first generation of American children in history who will experience shorter life expectancies than their parents.
We know that healthy habits and regular physical activity can help lower the risks for obesity. When children participate in the recommended level of physical activity (at least 60 minutes daily), multiple health benefits accrue.
However, most youth are not engaging in these recommended levels. And they're not getting the support they need. School-based physical education programs have been cut drastically in recent years, according to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NAPSE).
In this dire situation, ING Run For Something Better is stepping in – and we could use a hand! With the help of individual donors and fundraisers like you, ING Run For Something Better is helping kids become fit through free, school-based running and fitness programs.
Imagine a world in which all children study a curriculum based on exercise, nutrition, and a sense of physical accomplishment. It's happening now! To learn more about how to get involved in the battle against childhood obesity, click the links below: