The health of our children
Childhood obesity rates have tripled since 1980, and today some 12.5 million American children are obese. The CDC reports that as of 2010, 25% of Florida's population is obese. Obesity is the root of some of the leading causes of preventable death including: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Sedentary lifestyle is a major contributor to obesity, and outdoor activities offer much in the way of curbing sedentary patterns in children that will carry on into adulthood.
Physical activity in adulthood begins in childhood!
Evidence shows that outdoor nature play reduces obesity rates in children.
Become a Nature Champion!
Developed with funding from the Tallahassee Coalition for Childhood Obesity Prevention and Education, (COPE) and Florida Blue Foundation, the Nature Champions training program is certified by the Medical Educational Council of Pensacola (MECOP) for two Continuing Medical Education points (physicians need 40 points every two years) and is available online through the Florida Department of Health at fl.train.org key words: Nature Champions or Course ID: 1056430.
Prescription pads and resource materials are available to physicians upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The inaugural Family Fun Day 5K Race and Mile Critter Course will offer the opportuntiy for children to learn and try new outdoor recreational skills and games such as backyard casting and animal Olympics. It will provide adults and children the opportunity to learn healthy tips and information from community experts. The event includes a one mile critter course walk/run that begins at 9:00am with mascots such as Smokey the Bear and Woodsey the Owl along the course (please note that the "critters" will not be live animals). In addition, there will be a 5K race that begins at 10:00am (5K course is wheel measured by Gary Droze).