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Posted on: December 19, 2013

Free health program targeting childhood obesity launches

DANVILLE – The Partnering for Obesity Planning and Sustainability iChoose pilot program launched recently at the Danville City Auditorium in an effort to combat childhood obesity throughout the region.

“Childhood obesity is epidemic,” said Bryan Price, health and wellness coordinator for Danville Parks and Recreation. “With so many unhealthy options available, it’s important to understand how to make good decisions and how those decisions can affect your health”

The iChoose initiative is a three-month health program targeting children ages 8-12 years old in the Dan River Region. The program is designed to provide helpful tips to families in an effort to improve not only the child but the entire family’s eating and physical activity behaviors.

During the program, participating families will attend six, 90-minute health classes (beginning in February) and physical activity classes will be offered two times a week. Participants will also be provided six 5-10-minute supportive phone calls and six newsletters for children.

Health screenings before, during and at the end of the program will monitor progression.

“We’re excited about this program,” said Price. “Good health starts at home, but with so much information out there, sometimes it is hard to know where to begin. This program is offering families a chance to make good decisions together.”

The pilot program is funded by the National Institute of Health.

Partners in this project include Virginia Department of Health, Danville Regional Medical Center, Danville Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Danville and Virginia Tech.

For more information, contact Price at (434) 797-8848.

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