One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, The International Association of Black Triathletes (IABT) encourages your family to make healthy changes together.
Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.
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
Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.
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.
Dr. Tekemia Dorsey
Executive Director, IABT
USAT Tri Club Advisor/Coach
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