Why does it matter?
Kids with obesity are more likely to become obese adults, and they are at high risk to develop chronic health issues—like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, musculoskeletal problems and cancers.
Today, 17% of children and adolescents are obese.
And obese children and adolescents are more likely to have social and psychological problems—like poor self-esteem and discrimination. All can continue into adulthood.
Reliant Foundation’s grants that battle obesity focus on fitness, nutrition, and access to fresh, healthy foods.
Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 received the bulk of our funds that battle childhood obesity. A few examples:
- Let’s Go! Family Nutrition & Fitness—This collaboration between Reliant’s Pediatrics Department and the YMCA of Central Massachusetts helps obese children and their entire families battle obesity. Families learn about portion sizes, nutrition labeling, balancing meals, and how to work physical activity into your life, including at home.
- Family Health Center of Worcester—Elm Park Family Nutrition Program is based on Let’s GO! 5-2-1-0 and teaches parents of elementary school children in low-income, ethnically diverse areas how to cook with fresh produce. It takes place at two schools in the Main South area of Worcester.
- YWCA of Worcester—The Learning 4 Fun Afterschool program at two schools in Worcester incorporates Let’s Go! get-fit activities.