Body Sculpt of New York and NYC Department of Health present 1st Annual Child Obesity Awareness Walk
March 2, 2009 1:05:37 PM PST
The prevalence of obesity (BMI=30) continues to be a health concern for adults, children and adolescents in the United States. On Saturday March 28, 2009 beginning at 10a.m. at the Prospect Park Bartel Pritchard Square in Brooklyn, elected officials, community leaders and families will come together for a 3 mile walk to raise awareness for the fight against child obesity. Body Sculpt of New York, Inc., a not-for-profit health and fitness organization founded by certified personal trainer Vincent Ferguson has partnered with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in this effort to increase community awareness for children's heath and fitness. The walk will aid in raising funds to produce the annual Children's Sports & Fitness Expo taking place in May and September in Brooklyn and Harlem respectively.

At the expo thousands of school age children are given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports clinics along with health tests, screenings, cooking seminars and demonstrations - all free of charge in a continued effort to promote healthy living among New York City youth.

"In an age of video games and flat screen TVs, Vincent Ferguson educates our youth to understand that personal fitness and physical well being are vital for a fulfilling life. By targeting the health issues that too often plague our children, Mr. Ferguson improves the lives of countless young people", states Senator Eric Adam.

The rate of obesity in the U.S. raises concern because of its implications for the health of Americans. Obesity increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions. These include coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers, stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), sleep apnea and respiratory problems. The day of the walk at Bartel Pritchard Square a variety of information designed to help people understand the severity of obesity, what efforts can be made to address it, and how to maintain a healthy weight at every age will be available.

Sponsors for the 1st Annual Child Obesity Awareness Walk include: Amerigroup Community Care; WABC-TV; United Federation of Teachers (UFT); DC37, Dewey Does Foundation and Live Light?Live Right Program of Brookdale Hospital. To join in the cause, groups or individuals may register online at www.bodysculpt.org with a donation of $10 per person.