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