Parks a good idea for parish kids

March 12, 2008 at 11:05 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Willowdale and Lakewood residents will finally get the park they’ve been waiting for, which means a safe place for kids to play.

According to research by physicians from all across the country, Americans are eating too much and moving too little. About 65 percent of American adults are overweight or obese. The portion of children who are overweight has tripled in recent decades, resulting in 16 percent of those ages six to 19 being classified as overweight. Public health officials are alarmed because being overweight is tied to many serious diseases and health conditions.

Physical activity is an important part of fighting this epidemic. And being active has health benefits that go far beyond controlling weight. Active people are less likely to die from coronary heart disease, and have a lower chance of developing high blood pressure and a reduced chance of colon cancer.

Public parks can give millions of Americans opportunities to be active. The ball fields, basketball programs, walking trails and other amenities and programs in parks are getting people moving. But the fact remains that 60 percent of Americans don’t meet the recommended minimum of 30 minutes of moderate activity, five days a week. That contributes to the nation’s health problems, like obesity, which has an increasing impact among children.

View other articles written Our View

featured merchant

M. Elizabeth Lucia
M. Elizabeth Lucia To take control of one's life requires courage. Ms.Lucia specializes in depression, stress and anxiety disorders, parent-child relationships, and marital issues. Taking the first step is often the most difficult.

DHS robotics team finishes in top 5 percent of world
DHS robotics team finishes in top 5 percent of world
Facing 607 competitors representing 11 countries, the Destrehan High School’s Wildcat Robotics team 3039 placed among the top 32 teams or top 5 percent of teams in the world.