I began the year with a resolution to run 500 miles. While my goal was to fundraise to combat childhood obesity during those 500 miles, my husband and I agreed that I needed to first run the miles. The first 250 miles were for myself. The second 250 miles were dedicated to friends. The final 250 miles are to raise money and awareness to combat childhood obesity.
Childhood obesity has become a national epidemic. It affects more than 30% of American children. Georgia has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the country, with almost 1 million children or 40% of children in the state being overweight or obese. This number had tripled over the last 30 years. Children struggling with obesity are affected physically, mentally and emotionally. They are higher risk for developing heart disease, hypertension, liver and kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. In addition, these children miss four times as much school as normal weight kids, and in most cases, overweight and obese children will become overweight and obese adults.
Running to promote a healthy lifestyle and to fight childhood obesity are a perfect compliment. Steps must be taken to address this crisis. It costs our country over $100 billion dollars per year, and it threatens the health of our children, our families, the next generation, and our country’s future and well being.
By the end of the year, I hope to have run at least 750 miles, gotten the community involved through fundraising and sponsorships, and have enlisted friends, peers, and neighbors to join me in the same challenge for next year.
Please join me in raising money and awareness as I take “Strides to Stop Childhood Obesity.” Your donation and help with this goal will help combat the childhood obesity epidemic. Thank you, in advance, for your encouragement and contribution.