Healthy Lifestyles Program at YMCA

November 13, 2010 9:34:46 AM PST
Chicago has been chosen as one of 10 pilot cities across the nation to help more kids reach their potential, help more families and individuals get healthier and encourage everyone to get involved and make the community a better place.

The Kraft Foods Foundation, the National Latino Children's Institute (NLCI) and the YMCA are partnering to bring the Salsa, Sabor y Salud (Food, Fun and Fitness) healthy lifestyles program to Chicago this fall.

Registered dietitian Sylvia Klinger shared some details of the program on ABC 7 News Saturday Morning.

According to the American Medical Association:

  • 38.2 percent of Hispanic children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese, compared with 31.7 percent of all children those ages
  • More Hispanic children ages 2 to 11 are obese than their peers
  • 32,000 Latinos have participated in the Salsa, Sabor y Salud program

Through this expansion, the goal is to reach up to an additional 13,000 individuals in 130 communities across the U.S. in three years' time. For more information, visit nlci.org/Salsa/SSSintro.htm.net


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