MOUNT VERNON — Local students are currently “Having a ball” with fitness. Leg lifts, arm raises, swim strokes, arm punches and shoulder stretches — these and many other exercises are currently part of a health and fitness routine for local fourth graders taking part in the Crunch Out Obesity program.
“Childhood obesity has become one of the most important health issues in the U.S.,” said JoAnn Kerr, health educator and director of child obesity at the Knox County Health Department. “More than 30 percent of children and adolescents are classified as overweight or obese.” Kerr shared statistics which support this claim at a committee meeting last week, pointing out that the root causes are identified as poor dietary choices and poor lifestyle choices stemming from the lack of support and motivation, understanding of the negative impact on health and knowledge regarding health choices and the progress possible in small steps.
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