Programs Fight Obestity and Encourage Kids to Get Active.

Two new programs were announced today, one aimed at fighting obesity and another to promote healthy lifestyles for children.

In Tampa, FL, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), is issuing a nationwide challenge to all Americans to talk to their doctor about their weight.

Beginning today, the OAC is encouraging all Americans to visit www.yourweightmatters.org and learn more about measuring their weight, health and wellness and much more. When taking the challenge, visitors will be provided with a “Your Weight Matters” e-toolkit. The e-toolkit will help them gather the right kind of information to bring when talking to their doctor, including a food log, exercise tips, helpful resources and much more.

“More than half of the United States is affected by excess weight; however, many Americans, both young and old, do not realize they are overweight or obese until they are faced with a serious health risk, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. The ‘Your Weight Matters’ campaign is an excellent way for individuals to educate themselves about their weight and realize its impact on their health and wellbeing,” said Barbara Thompson, OAC Chairperson.

In Harrisburg, PA, Capital BlueCross and the Pennsylvania Department of Health are kicking off  a grant program called Active Schools that is aimed at middle school-aged children throughout the region.

Active Schools is a grant program that allows selected schools to implement year-long programs encouraging students to engage in physical activity at least 30 minutes each day. The $15,000 per school grants are funded by Capital BlueCross and the Department of Health.

One such grant was awarded to  Steelton-High Spire. The school is using the money to buy a fitness center from Project Fit America. The fitness center is set to arrive by the end of January and features an outdoor fitness course and mobile indoor exercise equipment.

“The Steelton-Highspire staff can’t wait for our Project Fit America to arrive so we can start our students on a structured path to good health,” said Superintendent Dr. Deborah Wortham. “We are quite aware that a healthy body makes for a healthy mind. That is why we applied for the grant and selected Project Fit America as our daily activity. It is just so important to provide a complete learning environment and that starts with a child’s individual health.”

About the OAC

The OAC is a nonprofit National charity dedicated to helping those affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools.

About Capital BlueCross

Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Source: Obesity Action Coalition and Capital BlueCross

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