September 5, 2016
For immediate release:
Local Doctor & Athletics facility joins forces for an event that focuses on Childhood Obesity and prevention.
WESTBURY, NY. (Sept. 5, 2016) – The first-ever Fit Doc Walk against childhood obesity, the most serious chronic disease in children today, is taking place this September, sponsored by NX Generation Athletics.
The “Walk 2 Health with Fit Doc Michele Reed & Her Surprise Guest” is from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at Eisenhower Park’s The Holly Picnic Area.
“The focus is on education, nutrition and exercise programs that are available to families in the community,” says Dr. Michele Reed, the walk’s leader and Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and a managing partner of MS Family Medicine Health Care, P.C. with medical offices in Queens and Long Island, NY.
“This is a severe, growing problem among children today, and we need to be taking steps to prevent it,” Dr. Reed said. “We hope this walk will build awareness of this disease and its dangerous consequences.”
The event is all about education, fun and family. There will be different workout stations, and a kid’s obstacle course. The walk itself is around Eisenhower Park. There will also be giveaways, and prizes at this totally free event.
Donations are welcomed and all proceeds will go to support the event. Dr. Reed said she hoped to make the “Walk 2 Health with Fit Doc Michele Reed & Her Surprise Guest” an annual event as a way to continue promoting the education and advocacy of good health.
Some general facts about childhood obesity:
* Childhood obesity affects more than 30 percent of children, making it the most serious, chronic disease of childhood.
* Studies indicate that one-third of obese girls and one-fourth of obese boy’s report being teased regarding their weight.
* More than nine million children over the age of six are considered obese.
* During the past 30 years, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for preschool children aged two-five and adolescents aged 12-19 years. It has more than tripled for children aged six-11.
* 70 – 80 percent of obese children and adolescents will become obese adults.
* Obese kindergartners had significantly lower math and reading test scores at the beginning of the year than did their non-obese peers.
* Obese girls are half as likely to attend college as girls who are of a normal weight
For more information on the first-time event, call NX Generation Athletics at (516) 546-7722.
For more information about Dr. Reed, visit www.AskDrMichele.com