October 2012 marks the sixth annual Walk to School Month all around the world and the Childhood Obesity Foundation, with the support of Superchefs founder Dr. Greg Chang, calls upon school-age children and teens to put on their sneakers and join in.
?Regular physical activity, such as walking or biking to school, plays a vital role in promoting healthy weights in our children,? says Dr. Tom Warshawski, Chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation and Head of Pediatrics at Kelowna General Hospital. ?Walking to school with your children or connecting with other parents to arrange a walk-to-school escort roster is an easy way to make a positive impact on your child?s health.?
?With so many Canadian children struggling with unhealthy weights, it is time to give children the opportunity to make positive changes in their lives,? says Dr. Greg Chang, founder of SuperChefs Cookery for Kids. ?This means encouraging physical activity, as well as healthier eating habits.?
Recent data from Statistics Canada has confirmed Childhood Obesity Foundation?s concerns. According to Statistics Canada, 31% of Canadian children are overweight or obese, meaning it has never been more urgent for families, educators and policy-makers to act to curb the epidemic of unhealthy weights among Canadian children. Other factors contributing to unhealthy weights among children include consumption of sugary drinks, excessive screen time, poor nutrition choices and the aggressive marketing of unhealthy food and drinks towards children.
The Childhood Obesity Foundation invites you to visit their Facebook page for more ideas on how to participate in Walk to School Month and other resources related to promoting healthy weights among children.
About the Childhood Obesity Foundation:
The Childhood Obesity Foundation is a registered Canadian charity and leading national authority on issues related to unhealthy weights and obesity in childhood. The Foundation is dedicated to educating Canadian children, their families and caregivers, educators, business and government about the problem of childhood obesity. It advises families follow the 5-2-1-0 rule of 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day; no more than 2 hours of screen time; a minimum of one hour of physical activity and 0 sugary drinks per day. For more information, visit www.childhoodobesityfoundation.ca.
SuperChefs Entertainment Inc. is a company dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity by focusing its animated characters, the SuperChefs of the Universe, on entertaining and educating young children, in all forms of media, about the power and the fun that comes from the joy of cooking, eating nutritious foods and daily exercise and the lifelong impact they can have on their lives. For more information, visit www.superchefs.tv.
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