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First Lady Michelle has announced a nationwide program called “Let’s Move,” which will address the problem of childhood obesity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 16% of American children between the ages of 6 – 9 are overweight or obese. Obesity is more prevalent among African-American children than any other group of children. The numbers have been steadily climbing. If left unchecked, obesity can lead to heart problems, hypertension, diabetes, and a list of other ailments.

There are four key “pillars” to the campaign:

1)Better nutritional and exercise information for parents

2) An increase in physical exercise for children

3) Improving the quality of food available in schools

4) Making healthy foods readily available and affordable

Tip: Include healthy snacks in your child’s lunch. Tasty suggestions are sliced apples, celery sticks with peanut butter and trail mix.

Tip: Yoga is an excellent (and fun!) way for you and your child to get and stay in shape. It increases cardiovascular health, strength, agility and flexibility.

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