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.
Throughout it’s history, Reliant Foundation has supported efforts across the community focused on fitness, nutrition, and access to fresh, healthy foods.
During our Fall 2017 grant cycle, nearly a dozen non-profit organizations including Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, Pernet Family Health Services, the Community Harvest Project, and South Middlesex Opportunity Council received funding totaling more than $41,000, focused on battling childhood obesity.