Promoting Health And Fitness in Children Through "YEAH"
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) KidsFest was Saturday August 23rd at the college of Southern Idaho. The kick off to the day was the "YEAH" fun run.
Kyli Gough points out, "It really begins when you're young as far as being healthy and learning those principles early."
Childhood obesity has nearly doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last thirty years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kyli explains that, "YEAH is Youth Engaged in Activities for Health. It's a program that we put on through St. Luke's and it encourages kids to be physically active, and teach them about healthy nutrition and that kind of thing as well."
The YEAH pilot program began in 2011 as a way to help combat childhood obesity, and the results were immediate.
It's designed to teach the entire family to live healthier.
"We engage kids in a group that goes eight weeks long and we teach them in different things, physical activity, nutrition. And, we really like to see some positive changes from the whole family and we've really been able to see that."
Obese kids are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Kidsfest is a kick–off to the school year to remind kids about healthy habits.
"The whole day is fun–filled activities, healthy nutrition, you know different booths that really encourage kids to be active and have fun, and be healthy," says Gough.
Getting healthy and having fun. If you would like more information about the yeah program call Kyli at (208) 814-9182