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With high obesity rates steadily increasing across America, Tomorrow's Leaders for Change has initiated Fitness Challenges to educate families about healthier lifestyles and encourage rigorous physical activities.
Our goal is to provide sponsorships to all gymnasiums for adults & youth over 13 years of age and participating YMCA for youth under 13 years old at discounted rates. If you choose to opt-out of gym memberships, there are other opportunities available such as dance, yoga, zumba or other sport outlets that promote physical activity.
The Fitness Challenge has reached
Arizona, British Columbia, Connecticut, Quebec, Illinois and Tennessee.
Obesity Rates & Trends
Adult Obesity in the United States
According to the most recent data released September 2015, rates of obesity now exceed 35 percent in three states (Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi), 22 states have rates above 30 percent, 45 states are above 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent. Arkansas has the highest adult obesity rate at 35.9 percent, while Colorado has the lowest at 21.3 percent.
Physical Inactivity in the United States
Sixty percent of adults are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits.Mississippi had the highest reported percentage of inactivity among adults at 31.6 percent.
The Healthcare Costs of Obesity
Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. Currently, estimates for these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year.
Health Effects of Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.
Immediate health effects:
Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
Long-term health effects:
Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.
Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Testimonials of the Fitness Challenge
Dianne - Such a great call today that Tina did with her fitness presentation and so appreciate how she partnered with Joanne to bring this message to VBN.......what a wonderful testimony, Tina of how God is using your own challenges and victories to show younger generations (and their families) that they too can be overcomers........
Alwanda - did an awesome job teaching us. We keep getting valuable info that is helping us continue to be Fit for the Master's Use.
Sylvia - Thank you Tina for sharing your journey, educating and encouraging us. I love your ministry, it is really awesome. I found myself making better choices even today. Thank you so much. Im in on the challenge.
Angela - I love our motivator Tina Pool! She keeps us pumped and moving forward. Thanks for leading our VBN Healthy Heart to a 60 Day Challenge. We're already seeing success. I encourage other women to join us!
Take A Love One To The Gym Day!
Tomorrow's Leaders for Change highly encourage supporters to accompany a friend, family member or a neighbor to attend a gym for the 1st time. This will give them the confidence boost they will need to take the next step toward becoming fit to serve their life's purpose. If you challenge someone to taking baby steps, it shows you care and can ensure a solid support system through the process.