Fit For Life Program: Healthy Living For Wicksburg Students
The Medical Center and Kohl's have teamed up with the high school and they say it's not just about changing foods, it's about a lifestyle change.
"Obesity is an epidemic in the United States, " says Bob Benak, a Pediatrician at Dothan Pediatric Clinic.
The Southeast Medical Center Foundation, Kohl's and Wicksburg High School are partnering up for "Fit For Life".
The program teaches kids about healthier lifestyle choices.
"Get kind of a better base and understanding of what to eat, what not to eat, how much activity they should have and those kind of things. Just try to help them stay as healthy as they can, " Anthony Eubanks, Director of Physical Therapy for Living Well Fitness at SAMC.
"Being overweight is unhealthy and we want to make children healthy and we got to start early. It's got to be a family dynamic, it's got to be the whole family take part in it. School included because our school is our extended family and that's whats so good about Wicksburg because it's an extended family who is participating in the children's health, " says Benak.
"This is a tool to reinforce what they're learning in the class and the children don't realize that they're learning, " says Valerie Barnes, Executive Director at SAMC Foundation.
Health officials say there's also an easy method to help children remember how to choose wisely.
"5,2,1,0 and what I'd like to tell them is I'd like them to eat 5 fruits and vegetables everyday minimum. I'd like them to limit screen time to 2 hours a day and less if you can. I want 1 hour of exercise a day and no sugar drinks, " Benak.
"Hopefully take something away from it that they can use as they go forward, " says Eubanks.
The Fit For Life program lasts six weeks.
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