Combating child obesity and improving health is what’s on the table with a free local program.
The Heart of the Valley YMCA is taking applications for it’s parent and child cooking class next month. The director for it says the goal is to teach kids how to prepare healthy meals so they can build healthy futures.
The CDC reports the number of obese children has tripled since the 1970’s. Obesity can lead to health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
“It’s a staggering statistic,” said Sharon Allen, the fitness and corporate wellness director. “Whatever we develop as habits when we’re younger we tend to also carry on as we’re older. So we want to instill healthy habits, teach healthy ways of eating.”
The United Health Foundation’s annual report recently ranked Alabama as the third unhealthiest state in the country.
The deadline to register for the free class is January 21. The class is at the YMCA health fair on January 26 and led by a registered dietitian.
Learn how to sign up here.