We’re making our mark! For the first time in three decades, obesity rates have decreased. Tennessee is now ranked 18th from it’s previous 3rd ranking for obesity. Programs such as Healthy Kids and Teens, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and USDA’s Smart Snacks in School programs, children now have more access to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products as well as fitness. Although we are making much progress, the fight against childhood obesity must rage on! Being overweight opens children and adults to all sort of disorders, ranging from breathing problems to high cholesterol, heart problems, and Type 2 diabetes. We need your help to end this epidemic.
Including a 1-mile Family walk
Obesity prevention and reduction focuses on the “energy balance” Solutions must address the factors that influence both eating and physical activity. We encourage the USDA’s recommended servings of 3 vegetables plus 2 servings of fruit and physical activity, what Healthy Kids and Teens calls the “5 A Day.”
The 5K, 1 mile walk/run is planned for Saturday March 29, 2014 at Shelby Farms Park located in Shelby County. The racer registration begins at 7:15am and the race start time will be 9:00am. Each child who finishes the 5K or 1 mile walk/run will receive a medal necklace resembling the Olympic medals. Receiving a medal is a highlight for all participants. There will also be a winner’s category for parents and children.
All race proceeds benefit CampGetFit, which is a non profit organization dedicated to helping fight this dreadful health disparity.
This year’s race will highlight three new honorary race chairs.