TRUE OR FALSE:
___ One in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese today.
___ Obesity in children more than tripled from the 1970.
___ Childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States.
According to the American Heart Association, all of these are TRUE.
Regardless of income level, there is an epidemic of obesity in America.
It is especially prominent however in children growing up in areas of great need. Eating right and getting regular physical activity are necessary deterrents to obesity but these choices are sometimes complicated for children in poverty. For example, limited resources often means limited access to healthy foods and inability to participate in costly sports activities outside of school. Children in poverty often experience high levels of stress that lead to overeating. Sometimes that stress is connected with cycles of food deprivation when resources are scant and to overeating coming out of that cycle.
The Foundry is committed to building strong, healthy children by engaging them in sports and teaching healthy lifestyle habits.
The key component of our strategy is a health and fitness ministry developed around soccer, making full use of a new $350,000+ soccer field built by the City of Bowling Green on the Foundry property.
Other important components of the health and fitness ministry include the Mobile Farmer's Market and the West Side Community Gardeners.
The Mobile Farmer's Market makes regular visits to the Foundry during the growing season, providing fresh vegetables to our neighbors at discounted prices. The West Side Community Gardeners host gardening and canning classes, healthy eating events, potlucks and more at the Foundry. Instruction on healthy eating is intentionally incorporated into the Foundry's programming for both children and parents to promote healthy habits.