The Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness will be participating in the 1st annual Let’s Move Day Abilene on Sunday, September 22.
There will be a 5K run / walk, stations designed to encourage exercise in a fun way for children, and information about healthy eating.
“Our children are our future. It is importance that we teach them to be active and to eat foods that support a healthy, active lifestyle. By showing our children, not just telling them, we can eliminate this epidemic of childhood obesity,” says Jill Robertson, Health Ministry Leader
For more information please find more information on Facebook @ LetsMoveDayAbilene.
More about “Let’s Move”
Nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese, increasing their risk for asthma, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep problems, depression, and bullying. Some of the contributing factors are decreased exercise, large portion sizes, too much refined foods, not enough whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and the inability for low-income families to access healthy foods.
United States First Lady Michelle Obama launched “Let’s Move” in February 2010 to help solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, so that kids born today reach adulthood at a healthy weight. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America has joined some 50 other faith and community organizations in supporting this national initiative to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity.
The following four goals are what the Let’s Move Day Abilene initiative is all about:
1. Increase physical activity through 5K run/ walk or other activities
2. Focus on improved diet with more fruit and vegetable servings
3. Start new vegetable gardens or farmers markets in schools and/or churches
4. Educating youth about healthy active lifestylesThe main idea is to engage kids, youth, parents, schools and the community in working together to fight obesity