Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) The city of Rupert is taking action by getting citizens involved in healthy eating and exercise and the South Central Public Health District is helping them do that.
In Idaho 30% of children are overweight, that's according to the health district.
The let's move! program is in the works for people in Rupert.
This was launched by the first lady in 2010 and is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity.
"The overall goal is to improve the overall wellness and health of all citizens in the community with a special focus on children,” said Adria Masoner, SCPHD.
Right now, the program is in the planning stages and a childhood obesity task force is being formed.
“There are five goals regarding childhood, early childhood education, nutrition in the schools and accessibility to health food at city concession stands,” said Masoner.
"We will try to incorporate the goals within our city within our swimming pool, baseball program, and sports program. We do have the city gym that we open up the public and try to get people to exercise,” said Mary Andersen, City of Rupert.
Rupert city officials plan to incorporate the future YMCA.
"The city is really excited to be partnering with the YMCA and is in a fundraising stage right now hoping to bring a YMCA to the City of Rupert. One of the pieces in that is a huge play area for children were they will have fun on the indoor play gym,” said Andersen.
An initiative to get the community active.