1 in 5 children have obesity in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.
A local non-profit organization, Kids Get Fit, wants to help change this epidemic.
There is no simple solution to combating childhood obesity, but ‘Kids Get Fit’ is a non-profit organization that feels they can help change the problem.
“What we’re trying to do, is educate them. By exposing them to various elements, fitness, Zumba dance, and nutrition,” President of Kids Get Fit, Victor Betancourt said.
Kids Get Fit has been implemented in 15 different schools across the Corpus Christi Independent School District. The program takes place 2 to 3 times a week during the physical education periods.
“We’ve impacted over 2500 kids already,” said Betancourt, “and it’s going on it’s first year.”
This program wants to help children make smarter decisions when it comes to nutrition and exercise.
“Bringing these things into account can actually influence and help them not only feel better about themselves but also look better, so it all goes hand in hand,” Yoga and mindful Instructor, Ashley Chapa said.
Kids Get Fit currently has an after school program, and have just began their Fall Program.
“As they become young adults, they’re familiar with proper foods, exercise, nutrition ya know various things. That way when they decide to have children they can actually educate them themselves,” Betancourt said.
Kids Get Fit is located at 2001 S. Staples St. from Monday-Thursday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
To register your child in the Fall Program you can do it at www.kidsgetfit.net or 361-730-3333