By Belinda Gordon
For kids to be happy and successful in school, they need to feel good and be healthy. Unfortunately, though, this generation of children is projected to have shorter life expectancies than their parents.
One in three Idaho children is overweight or obese, making them prone to diabetes and heart disease. It is essential that we create a culture of health in our schools, civic programs, homes, and in the community to help overcome these disparaging trends.
Late this fall, Kuna was just named a winner of the High Five Children’s Health Collaborative community grant. High Five is a program from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health that is fighting childhood obesity. The grant will help us create a healthier community—and hopefully healthier schools and childcare facilities.
The citizens in Kuna showed great interest in this opportunity by voting online during the grant application process. I hope we can continue to build momentum by joining the team and learning more about what we can do to help.
At the Boys and Girls club, we teach kids about nutrition and try to provide healthy snacks, meals, and activities. But there is an opportunity to do more throughout the whole community.
The High Five website (www.HighFiveIdaho.org ) has tips, challenges, recipes, games, and information for anyone who wants to keep their kids healthy. Learn more and get involved however you can. We owe it to our kids.