WELLNESS PROGRAM FOR YOUTH & TEENS
DID YOU KNOW?
- Almost one-third of children between the ages of two and nineteen years are overweight and 17 percent of those are classified as obese.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children participate in at least sixty minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.
Childhood obesity and its implications for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer have been highlighted for over a decade. The statistics, however, remain compelling. Most startling is that 85 percent of obese children remain obese as adults, unless something changes drasti¬cally in their lives.
Research provides evidence that structured summer opportunities such as youth camps can provide opportunities for children to be physically active (Jago & Baranowski, 2004), and to experience healthy eating practices that could become long term habits.
According to Dr. John Travis, optimal wellness implies high degrees of health, continually seeking to improve health, and being balanced across all areas and aspects of health.