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Child obesity a worry

The goal is to provide students with the practical skills they need to take charge of growing up healthy and fit, according to Michelle Eicher, a physical education teacher at the school.

During the fun-filled performance, students will learn how to treat their bodies right with good nutrition, physical fitness and healthy habits, Eicher said. Kids will discover how to see through TV commercials, learn to decipher food labels and learn the consumer skills needed to make sense of todays confusing food marketplace. Kids will discover that they can make food choices that are food for their health and good for the health of the planet.

Starting healthy habits early in life can help prevent the leading causes of death and disease in this country-heart disease, cancer and stroke, according to Barbara Storper of FoodPlay!

Yet, surveys of our nations youth show troubling trends, she said. In the last 20 years, obesity rates have doubled among elementary school children and tripled among adolescents. At the same time, national studies show alarming rates of eating disorders and harmful dieting practices. By fourth grade, two-thirds of our nations girls have reportedly gone on some kind of fad diet because they think they are fat.

Both programs are sponsored by the Dan Padula Memorial Fund, a non-profit, community organization whose education series brings local, regional and nationally-recognized speakers to the Ticonderoga area for the purpose of health education. For more information call 585-6454.

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