Tip 11 Overcoming Childhood Obesity Through Multi-Disciplined Sports

Tip 11 Overcoming Childhood Obesity through Multi-Disciplined Sports

Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity,can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing serious health problems.

The nutritional and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, the media, and anything else a child experiences. Educating children and parents about healthy dietary choices and exercise routines are what will prevent childhood obesity in the future.

n combination with healthy eating, physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.

Physical activity helps control weight, builds lean muscle, supports the development of strong bone, muscle and joints, and decreases the risk of obesity and a range of other health problems. Children need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day to maintain a healthy weight.

To increase physical activity, today’s children need safe routes to walk and bike. Parks, playgrounds and community centers where children can safely playare necessary. Activities like sports, dance or fitness programs need to be readily available to every child.

Sixty minutes of activity each day can seem overwhelming to anyone, but it doesn’t have to occur at once. It’s easy to fit activity into your child’s schedule, especially after you identify a few activities that your child enjoys. You can help shape a child’s attitudes and behaviors toward physical activity by providing a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself. Kids who feel supported by friends and families to become active and are surrounded by others interested in physical activity are more likely to participate. Make physical activity fun!

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IABT Junior Tri Club kicked off its Obesity Campaign on July 1, 2016. Thus far their obesity campaign has positively impacted over 300 families in Baltimore City introducing them to strategies in how to combat this disease through multi-disciplined sports. Multi-disciplined sports are duathlons and triathlons. Duathlons are run-bike-run events. Triathlons are swim-bike-run events.

Duathlons and triathlons can be done by a single person or a group of people in a relay team (of 2 or 3) maximum. Whether done as a single entity or as a relay team, duathlons/triathlons promote communicate, team work, and enhance leadership attributes out of each person. The sports promote such diversity but still faces backlash based on one’s size, ethnicity, etc at times.

IABT encourages you to get active now. Don’t put off together what can be worked on today. Whether its swimming, cycling, running, walking, etc you can do it. Its the IABT Way. #IABTObesityCampaign


Dr. Tekemia Dorsey

Executive Director, IABT

USAT Tri Club Advisor/Coach



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