Melissa De Pena
In 2013, the American Medical Association voted to classify obesity as a disease. In a matter of hours, 78 million adults and 12 million children were classified with the medical condition whose short term health effects include high cholesterol & hypertension and long term effects include diabete, cancer, and may ultimately result in death.
Unlike some other diseases, obesity is 100% treatable (especially in young children) with proper medical care and change in lifestyle. Instilling healthy lifestyle habits in our children, will provide opportunities for our society to stop the growing trend of the disease, therefore reducing the downstream health risks associated with the disease.
Action for Healthy Kids is an organization focused on "getting kids moving and eating healthy" every single day. This grassroots volunteer effort is designed to stop obesity in its tracks and reduce the number of ailments that currently plague our society.
I am proud to be apart of the Action For Healthy Kids movement & campaign and am thrilled to run my first marathon in my hometown of New York City!
The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of soceity, including families, communities, schools, medical providers, etc.
Please donate to the wonderful organization and help us get one step closer to fostering wholesome nutrition and physical activity in our children, youth, and schools!
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