Combating Childhood Obesity In Idaho


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Elementary school kids in the Magic Valley are excited!

That's because St. Luke's Health System is teaming up with Select Health, with one goal in mind.

"We are here to help kids be active and develop habits that will last them a lifetime," explains Anna Nielsen, Select Health spokeswoman.

They're donating eight soccer balls to each of the twelve elementary schools in the Minidoka and Twin Falls School Districts... 96 in total.

“We're hoping that as young students continue to develop and grow, that these soccer balls will help them find things they like to do, and find ways to exercise that are new and different and will help them maintain their health," Nielsen says.

Buster Bronco and the Boise State cheerleaders are on hand to help the kids develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime, everything from stretching to exercising.

"Many of these children, they play during recess and they play a little bit at home, but one in three children in Idaho are considered obese," Nielsen points out.

"This is fantastic. We are always struggling with our equipment. So, this is great to have new equipment for the kids to play with during recess," says Eric Bauman, physical education teacher.

“Becoming a healthy adult means you're better prepared to become a better member of your community, and communities are better when we're healthier and stronger," Nielsen says.

Building a stronger tomorrow... By getting the youth of today healthier.

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