More children are overweight today than ever before and the numbers are rising. Overweight children and teens experience more health problems which can worsen as they grow into adulthood.
Yet parents, teachers, health care providers and policy makers struggle with what to do to address this serious problem.
The public is invited to participate in a community forum to discuss what can be done to encourage healthy weights among our children and youth.
The West Virginia Wesleyan College Sociology Department is sponsoring a community forum on childhood obesity and access to quality nutrition in the Buckhannon area at 7 p.m. today in the Social Hall in the Benedum Campus Center.
Dr. William Neil, head of Pediatric Cardiology at West Virginia University, will present a brief overview of childhood obesity and its health consequences.
Following Neil's presentation, student researchers from WVWC will discuss the results of a recent study of local accessibility to quality nutrition in the Buckhannon area to begin an open discussion about the resources Buckhannon already has which can address this issue.
The forum will bring together members of the community in a thoughtful conversation about what can be done to address the issue of childhood obesity in our community.
The goal of the forum is to consider individual, organizational, and community responses to the rising rate of childhood obesity.
Officials hope opportunities for community action will emerge from this discussion that will be best implemented by a partnership among the agencies and organizations in our community.
Interested parties can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.