Childhood Obesity Month Offers a Chance to Recommit to a Healthier Future
September is Childhood Obesity Month, and Johnston Health is committed to raising awareness about this troubling national trend. As of 2012, more than a third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. This struggle with weight leads to significant health issues, increases healthcare costs, and obstructs the ability to live a full and vibrant life — and a full, vibrant life is a right all children should enjoy!
So what can we do about it?
The Johnston Health Foundation’s Healthy Kids Fund is improving the lives of overweight and obese children across our region. The program (conceived by our own Dr. Atkeson) gives children and teens a place to exercise and provides professional instruction. We want our kids to start from a solid foundation, so they know how to stay active and also how to avoid injuries and overcome barriers along the way. In addition, certified trainers teach children in the program the benefits of nutrition. Our entire curriculum is geared toward developing skills, because we believe it is knowledge that lasts a lifetime.
While teaching children is great, we also understand that to truly impact childhood obesity we need to reach the entire household. The Healthy Kids Fund addresses this concern. It focuses on parent education, so every child can return to a supportive environment after participating in activities in our wellness center.
As a whole, North Carolina is making strides to curbing the affects of obesity, but cases of obesity-related illnesses are still projected to rise. At Johnston Health, we know healthy habits must be formed early, reinforced often, and supported both at home and in the community.
We are committed to being a part of the childhood obesity solution. Please join us!