According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past thirty years. In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
Many youth today specifically in low income housing areas are not eating healthy or getting a healthy amount of exercise. Healthy eating is associated with reduced risks for many diseases, including several of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth and development and can prevent health problems such as obesity, dental caries, iron deficiency, and osteoporosis.
Schools play a critical role in creating a safe environmental that supports healthy eating and exercise. Communities In Schools and the TEAM UP program are doing their part in making sure students learn healthy habits and are active.
TEAM UP is a free after-school program that provides a safe environment where students are encouraged and motivated to succeed in both their academic and enrichment activities. The program focuses on six core areas, including sports and recreation and life skills.
TEAM UP serves a nutritious snack and dinner, Monday through Friday. There is also the opportunity to become physical through sports and intramural programs. Students are able to take part in track, cheerleading, basketball, dance, and step team. In these activities they practice and create routines that they get to showcase in competition with the other TEAM UP schools.
Make sure to check out the upcoming TEAM UP Cheerleading Competition on May 19th at the Ed Waters College Sports and Music Complex starting at 9:00am. Admission is FREE!