Greenville Aquatics & Fitness Center working to tackle childhood obesity

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has doubled in the past thirty years.

Parents say they hope their kids ditch the tablets and smartphones and enjoy some physical activity this summer.

Greenville Aquatics & Fitness Center is trying to combat the issue by hosting a family fun day to help kids learn about living a healthy lifestyle.

“Sitting is at least thirty percent more stressful to the spine and the body and what happens to the internal organs and how the flow moves through the body,” said Recreation Manager Kathleen Shank, who added that sitting for long periods of time is as dangerous as smoking.

Parents say that’s why they’re making sure their kids get out of the house on a rainy Saturday.

“As a mom I would like to keep them healthy and try to keep them active and I think that’s important because it will carry throughout their life if we show them that being active now is important,” parent Jennifer Guerrero explained.

From swimming to lifting weights, it’s all about being healthy.

“I want to create a lifelong love for physical fitness and it will help with the prevention of diseases and longevity,” Crystal Brant said.

Shank said parents being positive role models can help kids live a happy and healthy life.



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