Childhood obesity tackled by local efforts

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month and there are local efforts to reduce and prevent this growing epidemic.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported between 2008 and 2009 that 23.7 percent of children ages 2 to 14 in Mesa County were overweight or obese.

Grand Junction Parks and Recreation offers a variety of classes for kids to combat that statistic. The seasonal activity guide was released for Fall and has activities like karate, archery and basketball.

The classes come at a price, but Parks and Rec also maintains hiking and biking trails, parks and playgrounds, which families can enjoy free of charge.

Mother of three, Rachille Rusche, said she keeps her young sons active by biking, taking their dog on walks and even playing interactive video games, like Wii Fit, when it is raining outside.

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