Chamber, NFCH team up again for ‘We Can’

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 06:38 PM.

Obese children are likely to have developed diabetes by the time they are 30, which means health care expenses.

“Not only does the health insurance costs rise, but it also affects productivity and absenteeism in the workplace,” Everett said.

The “We Can!” program (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight, according to the website nhlbi.nih.gov.

Research shows that parents and caregivers are the primary influence on this age group. The “We Can!” education program provides parents and caregivers with tools, fun activities, and more to help them encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced time sitting in front of the TV or computer in their entire family, Everett said.

“This year we will be at the Back To School Fair, and we are also working with the schools to get information into the classrooms and to the kids,” Everett said.

We Can! also offers organizations, community groups, and health professionals a centralized resource to promote a healthy weight in youth through community outreach, partnership development, and media activities that can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse populations, according to the website.

Science-based educational programs, support materials, training opportunities, and other resources are available to support programming for youth, parents, and families in the community.



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