Fighting Childhood Obesity in the Grand Valley

By: Stephanie Collins Email
By: Stephanie Collins Email

According to the American Obesity Association, about 15% of children are now obese and getting them active this summer could be key to bringing that number down.

Local mom Gretchen Callahan enrolled her four year old son hunter in swimming lessons at Crossroads Fitness this summer, “He was really afraid of the water so wanted to give him water confidence.”

Confidence in the water isn't the only thing Hunter will gain from his swim lessons; The owner of crossroads, Paula Reece, says he will also learn the importance of being active, “In the summertime we have some great programs and we try to introduce kids to fitness.”

Crossroads also offers junior racquetball and kids’ programs are open to gym members and even non-members.

Over at St. Mary's Hospital families can learn about fitness together in the Shape Down program, “It is a whole family thing, the program is designed to have both parent and child together and working with nutrition and exercise,” says Paul Becktell, who works with the program.

For more about the Shape Down Program at St. Mary’s call 970-244-7673 and if you are interested in enrolling your child in a program at Crossroads Fitness call 970-242-8746 or click the link below this story.


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