According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, right now more than 12-million children between the ages of 2-19 in the United States are obese.
And with classes ending tomorrow, it leaves more time for you and your children to get active and get healthy! But if you’re not sure where to start, there’s an organization that can help with that!
They’re known as the Youth Futures Authority and they’re ready to help bring obesity rates down in Georgia–where reportedly 1 out of every 3 children are obese.
The organization will be working with Healthy Savannah to get parents and children involved in their “Keep It Moving!” Initiative. They’re hoping to use it to show families that creating a healthy and active lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive!
The 12-week program encourages participants to use Facebook and Instagram to share food tips and teach participants that effective exercise can happen outside of the gym!
“We’re promoting sustainable wellness. So that’s wellness they can take everyday throughout the year. And we’re also going to have services available, and we’re also going to connect families to programs throughout the community,” said Crystal Harris, the Faith and Fitness Coordinator at New Covenant Church in Savannah.
“We have educators that are going to come in and teach parents how to grocery shop and look at labels and how to eat dinner at the dinner table twice a week…how to be active, we’re going to have Zumba classes, yoga classes,” said Kristn Little of Youth Futures Authority.
Little and Harris also mentioned that participants will get the chance to work with wellness coaches and participate in fitness classes.
The program aims to reach low-income children and families from the following Title One schools in Chatham County: Brock Elementary, Butler Elementary, East Broad K8, Gadsden Elementary, Haven Elementary, Hodge Elementary, Hubert Middle School, Pulaski Elementary, Shuman Elementary, White Bluff Elementary, and Windsor Forest Elementary. (But all in the community that are interested are welcome to come.)
The last day to sign-up is Monday, May 22nd. There will also be a kick-off party on Monday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m at New Covenant Church on Bull Street in Savannah.
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