TO COMBAT THE GROWING HEALTH CRISIS AMONG CHILDREN IN NYC.
With the increase in diagnosis of preventable diseases such as diabetes and obesity, Fun1st provides programming that promotes the development of healthy behaviors. Our program offers fun fitness and nutrition classes covering a variety of issues facing students. We empower students, educators, and communities to take control of their health.
Fun1st compliments current school curriculum taking place before, during, and after-school hours. In conjunction with local organizations, our program provides a safe and positive environment for students and educators to explore the benefits of healthy living. Creating mindful students is key to sustaining healthy schools and communities.
THE GROWING COST OF BEING HEALTHY
According to a 2017 United States Department of Health and Human Services report, its projected "by 2030 half of all adults (115 million adults) in the United States will be obese". The associated cost annually is $190.2 billion dollars. This growing number can potentially cripple economies already at the brink of financial instability.
A study compiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations at the University of Washington examined 195 countries and found that the rates of obesity had doubled in 73 of them.
According to the World Health Organization 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2016. These overweight and obese children are largely concentrated in low-income neighborhoods. According to Dr. Lynn Silver of the NYC DOH, approximately 80% of children who were overweight by age 10-15, became obese by age 25. Obesity and diabetes is rising faster in NYC than nationally. New York City adults overall gained more than 10 million pounds over just a two-year period from 2002 to 2004.
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