Running and jumping may seem like easy activities for a child to do. Sadly, a startling number of children cannot perform them without being winded and out of breath. According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity rates have doubled over the past 20 years for children ages 6 to 11. And Hispanic children are at particular risk for obesity as up to 23 percent are considered obese when measured by body mass index standards.
On Oct. 16, members of the Don & Sallie Davis Branch ran, jumped, flexed and danced during GE Healthcare’s Fitness Buzz event, which addressed the topic of childhood obesity. They were among the first in the nation to take part in BEE HealthyTM, a national health awareness program of General Electric Company. It’s a corporate-wide initiative that provides fun, interactive activities for children while educating Hispanic families about childhood obesity.
Volunteers from GE Healthcare’s Hispanic Forum Milwaukee Disparity Group, whose focus is on making a positive difference in the Hispanic community through an emphasis on health and education, led activities during its Fitness Buzz event. Nearly 100 Club members competed in an obstacle course based on the three main elements of BEE HealthyTM: balance for stretching and flexibility, exercise, and eating healthy.
Judging from the chatter heard during the event, GE Healthcare’s BEE HealthyTM lessons and activities are a hit with kids. According to 9-year-old Mariana, “I did the whole obstacle course and I still have lots of energy!”
It's a team effort for these Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club members with a little help from this GE Healthcare volunteer coach.
Trunk twists were part of GE Healthcare's Fitness Buzz osbstacle course at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club.