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Southern California Parents and Kids Take Healthy Steps in Tackling Childhood Obesity
Date:3/17/2009

Southern California schools participate in 7th annual KID HEALTHY -- Steps to Healthy Living Campaign

SANTA ANA, Calif., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To combat the rising trend of childhood obesity in Southern California schools, more than 100,000 fourth and fifth grade students and parents from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura County schools and after-school programs will participate in the KID HEALTHY -- Steps to Healthy Living Campaign. The campaign runs from March 16, 2009 through April 30, 2009 and reinforces the positive message about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

According to a 2008 report published by Children Now, childhood obesity has doubled nationally in the last three decades. In California, the same report shows that more than three million California children -- or one-in-three (33%) -- are considered overweight or obese, while only about one-in-four youngsters (28%) make the grade in terms of meeting or exceeding state physical fitness standards.()

"There has been progress on this important public health issue," confirms Jackie Teichmann, Regional Director for KID HEALTHY -- Steps to Healthy Living. "But the truth is we're far from reversing the trends. As these children age into adulthood, if obesity goes unchecked they will experience chronic illness and death at a much earlier age than their parents. And that's a real tragedy, especially when we have an opportunity to do something about it -- right now."

The Campaign was founded by ABC7 and is supported by a coalition of local non-profit volunteers, state and county agencies and corporate sponsors, and is implemented in elementary schools with assistance from the Network for a Healthy California -- Children's Power Play! Campaign.

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