September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The City of Southlake Parks and Recreation is joining in the national effort to bring attention to the dangers and health risks of children who are overweight.
Did you know one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese? Childhood obesity puts more kids at risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, but many of these conditions are preventable through lifestyle changes. In some communities the childhood obesity rate is as high as 40 percent. And the U.S. childhood obesity rates are 3X greater than they were in 1980 according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The good news is there’s hope. Families can help an overweight child get healthy by making changes in their daily food intake and joining a program to help shed the pounds and develop an active lifestyle. Mayor Laura Hill says, “Getting healthy is so much easier when the whole family does it together. I would like to encourage everyone to look over the FREE LiveFit and LiveWell classes that are being offered and find one or two that’s right for your family.”
Want to sign up your kids for Zumba? How about Family Yoga or Boot Camp? Take a look at some of the FREE classes that are offered below, register and get your whole family moving.
Zumba for Kids is every Tuesday in September from 4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Classes feature kid-friendly, easy routines with dance steps, games, and activities that will leave your child excited for the next class. This class is for kids ages 7 – 11 years,
Family Jiu-Jitsu is on Thursday, September 14, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This class is a great one for the whole family. Kids ages 3 and up will learn some of the finer techniques of the Martial Arts.
Family Yoga is another great class for the whole family. The session is Thursday, September 16 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tell your friends and neighbors about the class and bring the family for an hour of Yoga. Remember it’s FREE and fun.
Family Boot Camp Class will be held on Thursday, September 21, from 4:30 – 5:20 p.m.
You will learn a boot camp style workout that you and your kids can do at home together. It’s a great class for ages 3 and up.
Youth Mindfulness is a class for mind and body on Thursday, September 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
This is a great class for children. Kids will learn how to use breathing, yoga, art and music, to calm their bodies and minds. Children will be encouraged to explore their emotions and how to “respond vs. react” to difficult emotions.
Top 10 Tips for a Healthier Family is a Live Well Lecture Series presented by Executive Medicine of Texas. The class will be held on Thursday, September 14, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Healthy adults start as healthy children. Children will learn what they need to do today to live a healthier tomorrow. The first 10 participants will receive a FREE signed copy of the award winning book, “Stay Young: 10 proven steps to Ultimate Health.” **No registration required for this class.
Remember, the family that plays together stays healthy together.
*All classes will be held at the Southlake Activity Center, 307 Parkwood Drive, except for the LiveWell Lecture Series which will be held at the Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive.
For more information on the classes offered please visit www.SouthlakeParksandRec.com or call (817) 748-8019.
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