Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fighting Childhood Obesity Seminar

News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact – Todd DeWolf, 902-219-0072

Over 30% of Nova Scotian Children Considered Clinically Overweight

Local Statistics Show the Need for Dramatic and Immediate Solutions

July 18, 2008 – According to the American Obesity Association, more than 30% of United States children, youths and adolescents are currently overweight or obese. The same number was reported by StatsCan for adolescents aged 12 to 17. The rate was even higher in the Eastern Provinces.

Over the past three decades, the rate of childhood obesity has doubled while the incidence of obesity in teenagers has tripled.

The National Health Service in England also reports that the childhood overweight concern is the most common nutritional disorder effecting U.K.-based children and adolescents and one of the most prevalent problems seen by pediatricians.

According to pediatricians this upturn among adolescents is of particular concern because overweight or obese conditions in adolescence often persists into adulthood. We need to instill the understanding that daily physical activity is not the exception, it needs to be the rule and fun.

The International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) has begun providing solutions for local children and parents to help curb the rise of this national trend.

Todd DeWolf, the Youth Fitness Specialist through from the IYCA in the HRM, will be providing area families with education and a solution-oriented approach to physical fitness and nutrition.

On Friday August 15, 2008, all Datrmouth and Halifax area families are invited to a complementary information night at Graham's Grove Park, off of Lake Banook, on Braemar Dr. The event starts at 7:30pm.

Presenting will be Youth Fitness Specialist Todd DeWolf.

Please RSVP to Todd DeWolf at 902-219-0072. There is no cost for this event, but space is limited.


Todd DeWolf

Youth Fitness Professional


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