Walker Wilson and all of us at BICF wish Coach Jessica a very happy birthday!
“Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents." (former Surgeon General Richard Carmona)
Does this alarm you? It should. Rising rates of obesity are reaching epidemic levels. Over the past several decades, more than 23 million children and teenagers have become obese or overweight, which is about one in three kids. These children are at risk for developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke – in addition to suffering the social consequences of being overweight.
The social environment in which many children are raised is impacting the nutrition and habits of our youth. Undoubtedly, the demands and stresses of the current environment have made it more convenient for children to consume food that is high in calories and poor in nutritional content. PE is no longer offered daily in schools, and ultimately, is the first to be cut when pressure is placed on administration to improve academics.
Children need to be physically active to best thrive in school and in life, and proper nutrition cannot be ignored. At a minimum, here are some ways to get kids started down a path the better health. Bainbridge Island CrossFit will also be offering a before and after school pre-teen and teens class to include good eating tips and tricks.
Our environment has changed, but our genes have not caught up. We need to take action now to provide the best possible future for our kids.