Coming January 2009...

Cincinnati Fit Kids

 

 

Posted by Brian Calkins - NSCA-CPT, ACE | Cincinnati, Ohio | November 6, 2008

 

"Today's kids may be the first generation in history to have a shorter life expectancy that their parents." This shocking prediction, made by U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, may be the result of the current trend of childhood obesity. Despite the efforts of many agencies and organizations to emphasize and encourage healthy lifestyles, statistics tell us that more children are obese, inactive, and leading unhealthy lifestyle than a generation ago.

 

In March 2006, CBS News addressed the following concern from a report published by the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity: "Nearly half of the children in North and South America will be overweight by 2010, up from what recent studies say is about one-third. The concern is for the increase in chronic problems brought on by obesity - heart disease, diabetes, and stroke - which will inundate the medical system." All over the world, the report continues, children are "bombarded" to eat all the wrong foods. For this study, data were gathered on school-age children in 25 countries and preschoolers in 42 countries. The conclusion of the study was that "the trend of increasing obesity is fueled by more sedentary lives and the increasing availability of junk food."

 

The American Heart Association (2005) gives us cause for more concern with the report that:

  • In 2003, 33.4% of young people did not engage in physical activity that promotes long-term health.

  • Children are getting slower in endurance running and are becoming weaker.

  • Inactive children are likely to become inactive adults.

In response to this alarming trend, HealthStyle Fitness is in a position to reach the kids in Cincinnati by offering FitKids, an enjoyable and education program that promotes fitness and a healthy lifestyle for children ages 3 - 13.

 

FitKids takes an inclusive and enjoyable approach to the development of the following components of health and wellness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, and to a lesser degree - body composition, as well as nutritional and wellness education and awareness. The program is built upon the philosophy that fitness must be fun for all children, and not competitive or exclusive in any way.

 

An educational based website for parents is currently under development (www.CincinnatiFitKids.com) and classes will be forming in January, 2009.


Did You Know...

  • Only 28% of students in grades 9-12 participated in daily school physical education in 2003, down from 42% in 1991?

  • Only one state, Illinois, requires daily physical education for grades K-12?

  • Only 8% of elementary, 6.4% of middle school, and 5.8% of high schools provide daily physical education?

  • Only 32% of children ages 6-17 meet minimum standards for cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and abdominal and upper body strength?


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