Among the top priorities in medicine this year is the battle against childhood obesity and other fitness related conditions. While nursing students are surely taught about the dangers of poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise, some are learning first hand just how to make a real difference in the lives of others. In Tennessee, a group of students are participating in a day that is dedicated to physical activity and exercise. Aspiring nurses at Tennessee Wesleyan College-Fort Sanders are holding their second annual Fit N Fun for Everyone event.
“In the past several years, there’s been a lot of talk nationwide about childhood obesity, and Tennessee Wesleyan College-Fort Sanders Nursing students are stepping up to do something about the issue.
Dozens of nursing students from TWC’s class of 2013 are throwing the second annual Fit-N-Fun for Everyone at West Hills/John Bynon Park, between North Winston Road and Sheffield Drive, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
“It’s a free event to the public,” said Jenna Tarpley, a student member of the event planning committee. “It’s to raise awareness about childhood obesity, how prevalent it is and ways we can very easily and simply combat it by getting out there.”
Dan Doyle, this year’s Fit-N-Fun faculty director, said, “The event really is student driven As nursing students, they’re focused on identifying needs and then intervening to improve health, whether it’s at the patient level or community level.”
Tarpley, 25, referred to statistics obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1980, the number of obese children and adolescents has almost tripled. Approximately 17 percent, or 12.5 million, of children from 2 to 19 years old are obese in the United States. In Tennessee, obesity among low-income kids 2 to 4 years old is between 10 and 15 percent.
The CDC recommends every child spend at least 60 minutes participating in some sort of physical activity each day. So, at this year’s Fit-N-Fun, participating children will spend an hour rotating between several stations, each with a different focus on ways to stay active and healthy.” Read more from Adria Amos: Nursing Students Welcome Public to Day of Fitness
For more information about the effects of childhood obesity, visit Let’s Move.
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