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September 17, 2013

For Immediate Release

Boulet Physical Therapy and Wellness Contact:
Patricia Boulet
(337) 264-9856
Media Contact:
Juiie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 ext 18
Let's Get Moving for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
(Lafayette, La.) - Inactive and sedentary lifestyles, iPhone and computer obsessions and apathy for exercise have helped our kids to become super lazy! Children would rather text friends, play video games or surf the internet instead of going outdoors to play. We need to help our kids become healthier individuals.
The Issue
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, almost one in every three children in our nation is overweight or obese. If we don't solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Type II diabetes is the fastest growing category of childhood diseases. Many overweight kids will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma later in life.
Families need to start carving out blocks of time in their busy schedules to ride bikes, take a walk, go swimming or go to the park for play time. Other ideas for physical activities are playing frisbee, dancing around in your living room or even participating in a hula hooping contest. Physical activity helps control weight, builds lean muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bone, muscle and joint development and decreases risk of obesity. Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight.
Below is a diagram to help determine your Body Mass Index. Click the image for more information.
At Boulet Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute, kids can participate in after school wellness programs. Physical therapists can asses the flexiblity and strength concerns prior to customizing each individual exercise program. Part of our initial assessment will include determining a child's ideal weight goal. To find out more about our wellness services, call Pat or Christina at the clinic at 337-264-9856.
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Everyone needs to get involved in the efforts to eradicate obesity in our country. Our younger generation needs education, guidance and motivation to get healthier. We can start today by limiting screen time for our kids and by helping them to make more educated decisions about their food.
For more information about a free consultation or about other services from Boulet Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute, call 337-264-9856. Like Boulet Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute on Facebook.
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