Clarendon Kids in Motion - Leo Club on a mission to rescue children from lifestyle diseases
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
The Leo Club of Clarendon is on a mission to encourage children to eat well and exercise more through its 'Kids in Motion' programme.
A diabetes awareness forum and aerobics marathon, the programme was launched at Canaan Heights Community Centre recently and benefited some 50 children from the community.
According to Tissona Ormsby, vice-president of community outreach, The Kids in Motion campaign is a wellness project of the Leo Club of Clarendon that was implemented to encourage children to eat well, live healthy and be physically active in order to stop childhood obesity, which could cause chronic illnesses such as diabetes."
Nutritionist for Clarendon, Debbie Ottey-Golding, in her presentation lauded the Leo Club for taking the initiative to increase diabetes and childhood obesity awareness and spoke of the growing health concerns among the youth.
"One of the biggest health concerns today is obesity and when children are overweight, it increases their chances of developing Type II diabetes," said Golding.
She informed the children and parents about the causes and types of diabetes, eating healthy and also encouraged them to do more physical activities and exercise at least 30 minutes every day.
Following Golding's motivational presentation, fun became the order of the day, as professional gym instructor Kirk Gordon launched the workout event in fine style with an intense aerobics marathon, which left both parents and children begging for more at the end.
Parent, Sherene Burke commended the Leo Club, stating that: "I am beyond elated that the Leos took time to invest in our children, not only to talk about diabetes, but they also showed us that we don't need fancy gym equipment to exercise. It has certainly motivated me to examine what my family eats more carefully, and we are going to exercise more often."