TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Fresh air, sun and free medical advice was just a few of the reasons walkers took to the path at Fairbanks Park Saturday morning.
Saturday morning launched the “Walk With a Doc” program. Concerned parents and families walked and talked about a problem plaguing young people; childhood obesity.
“We’re emphasizing trying to promote healthier lifestyle changes and choices in families,” said Dr. Jacqueline Holder, a Pediatrician.
Today the little one’s were the focus.
“I want to encourage fitness in my grandson, and we want him to grow up knowing it’s important,” said Cathy Milam.
Nearly a third of all children in Terre Haute are overweight.
“It’s part of our culture that we need to make a change with,” said Holder.
Part of that change is being proactive.
“Instilling the lifestyle changes early makes it so that it’s not a change in habit but a static embracing of health as just part of the norm,” said Holder.
Lifestyle changes that she says need to be made for the whole family, not just the child.
“Sometimes just even taking a look at your own kitchen and making adjustments there, taking out the stuff you know isn’t good, and making changes like less sugared beverages,” said Holder.
It’s not just nutrition but exercise most children are lacking.
“60 minutes everyday and not just leisurely, it’s getting your heart rate up and getting a little sweaty,” said Holder.
As they take their final lap around the park they walk away with a better understanding of their health.
“It’s important to be fit, healthy, and take care of your body for the long haul,” said Milam.
“We want to stand behind them and encourage them to make these changes. We’re all people and we have to do the same things to stay healthy,” added Holder.
“Walk With a Doc” is scheduled for the third Saturday of each month. Each walk features different doctors and various topics.
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