Gameday Run To Beat Obesity Got The Kids Out

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This father is leading by example and showing his son the importance of exercise. He and his son take on the challenge together, and run to end childhood obesity showing that size does not matter when it comes to staying healthy.

The Pediatric Residents from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach hosted a special kick-off to game day with the Super Kids Sunday 5K and Fun Run to fight childhood obesity. Rather than rushing to the grocery store for last minute munchies, community members and pediatric residents started Super Bowl Sunday with a dose of fitness and wellness.

Obesity is becoming more of a problem for children everyday, leading to an alarming increase in the number of children and adolescents developing type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese.

After seeing so many cases of children that were severely overweight within their clinics, residents from UCI, wanted to do something about it by appealing to children on their level. Jen Chen M.D., resident at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, came up with the concept of the 5k and Fun Run on her way home from an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Advocacy Day conference. Excited to engage her patients in understanding the importance of being healthy, Dr. Chen decided to bring the education outside of the hospital clinic setting and deliver it directly to the kids in a fun way.

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