First Lady Michelle Obama has brought much needed attention through her Let’s Move initiative to childhood obesity and the need for children to get proper exercise and nutrition. The District’s Ward 8 has the highest levels of childhood obesity in the nation. Across the United States, nearly 25 million children and teens are overweight or obese. Nearly one out of every three children and adolescents are overweight or obese, making childhood obesity one of our nation’s leading health threats.
Our young people are facing life-threatening health conditions and a lessened quality of life, and will inherit higher healthcare costs. The result is an increase in serious health problems early in life. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes and depression are now part of more and more kids’ lives. In part because they lack access to healthy food and recreation facilities, children living with families with lower incomes are more likely to be overweight or obese. If current trends continue, today’s kids could be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents.
Recess by the River seeks to help children make positive changes in behavior and have a lasting impact on their health. The program runs from September to May and offers incentives to encourage children to consistently participate in the program. The Recess by the River June 7 event is the finale to the second season of the Recess by the River program hosted by the American Heart Association with support from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, DC Parks and Recreation, National Association of Teen Fitness and Exercise, the Washington Redskins, and more. The Finale will feature the Washington the DC Divas – the District’s women’s football team. An evening of fun activities and learning for kids is planned to fight childhood obesity in the District. The day will serve to reward up to 250 children and Recreation Centers who participated in the program.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Watkins Recreation Center, Washington DC
Event Day Schedule:
4:00 pm – 4:15pm Short program led by AHA, DPR, Divas, to thank them and tell them the run of show. Group warm up. Kids split in groups by DPR
4:15 pm – 5:55 pm: Kids rotate between all the activity stations
5:55 – 6:00 pm: Thank kids for coming out, give them certificates