The YMCA of Superior California wants families to understand how adopting healthy habits together can help reduce childhood obesity
Sacramento, CA – September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support changing their families’ habits with the goal of overweight and obese children obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight. That’s why the YMCA of Superior California — a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health—wants families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through improved eating habits and increased physical activity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity has remained stable at about 17 percent and affects about 12.7 million children and adolescents. Today, obesity affects one in six children and one in three are overweight, which poses greater risks for many health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some cancers. Here in California 12.2% of children (6-11 years old) were overweight for their age, according to Let’s Get Healthy California.
“For years, parents have heard the dangers of childhood obesity but making the necessary lifestyle changes—as a family—remains the biggest barrier to real progress,” said Jay Lowden, President & CEO, YMCA of Superior California. “Together we can learn healthy behaviors, and community-based organizations like the Y can provide a helping hand.”
The Sacramento Central YMCA is helping families improve their health and potentially reduce the impact of childhood obesity with the Healthy Families Program which creates an opportunity for families to learn about nutrition, work-out in family friendly setting, and then cook a healthy meal together thanks to Raley’s. The next session for the Healthy Families Program begins on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:00pm.
YMCA Fall programs to keep children active include Youth Sport Leagues such as Basketball, Soccer, Jiu-Jitsu, and Tumbling at the Sacramento Central YMCA. Youth Volleyball and Soccer will begin soon at the Yolo County YMCA, Karate at the Oroville YMCA, and Soccer at the Feather River YMCA.
Community members are encouraged to visit the Sacramento Central YMCA during Healthy Living Week from September 24 - 29. Each day will feature special classes, workshops, and vendor booths, related to the theme of Healthy Living. Healthy Living Week themes include: Fitness & Nutrition for All Ages, Mental Health and Mindfulness, Safety, Self-Care and more. Local health and wellness professionals and organizations will be available onsite to provide their services. All the Healthy Living Week activities are free to YMCA Members. Community Members are welcome to attend all events