Too many fat kids

One in every three Florida kids ages 10 to 17 is overweight or obese. Blue Cross Blue Shield is looking for solutions, through its philanthropic affiliate The Blue Foundation.

The foundation is funding research to pinpoint the problem and come up with solutions.

Child advocate, Miaisha Mitchell, says one of the main problems is kids aren’t exercising.

"We have been watching our children for years in High school not reach the physical education standards. In Florida we didn’t have any funding to do that. So we are finding more and more these numbers are going up.”

Thursday, the foundation released another chapter of its Florida Charterbook: a Focus on Childhood Obesity. The guide is online and accessible to community leaders interested in helping kids lose weight. The address is www.flchartbook.childhealthdata.org


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  • by Janice on Nov 19, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    There are to many fat kids out there, because there is NOTHING for children to do, activities are just for kids who's family have money! You can't let your children out to play because there is so much worry about pedophiles or abduction.I remember, me and my friends used to hang out at the mall, now if you go to the mall where I live with more than two other kids, you get kicked out! Even if your spending money. There is not enough for children to do,things are just not safe for kids anymore or it's just about money! The a local after school organization, that I remember being low cost in the city, cost an annual like 200 something dollars a family, plus the money to participate in activities. When I called to see about programs for those who are low income, I am told they don't have any, but if you actually go there and talk to someone then you find out there are programs to help, but even then it's almost 100 a year..plus activities.
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