According to Action for Healthy Kids, one in three kids is overweight or obese – putting them at risk for diabetes and other serious health issues. If this trend continues, this generation will be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.
This is a very scary statistic and it really reflects our culture and society in the last 10 years. Parents are working longer hours or multiple jobs and less time is being spent with their kids. As a result, they do not play outside enough or are less involved in extracurricular activities and the pace that technology and electronics have advanced, they are now consumed with these instead.
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but children, teens or young adults are diagnosed more than adults by this condition. The body makes little or no insulin and daily injections of insulin are required.
This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage donated $1 from the sale of each of its Diabetes Awareness White prints and will be contributing over $2,500.00 to help fight against Diabetes in kids.
About Action for Healthy Kids
Founded in 2002 by former US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In 2013, AFHK programs impacted more than 29,000 schools and 12.9 million children. AFHK’s work is augmented by 80,000+ dedicated volunteers and champions, collaboration with a national partner coalition of more than 90 organizations, and in-depth knowledge of producing transformative change to make Every Kid Healthy™.
Action for Healthy Kids’ “Game On” program is designed to challenge America’s schools, their staff, students and families to make a daily choice of including healthy food choices in their diet and physical activities. Why? Because healthy kids learn better. AFHK’s signature school wellness program, Game On equips schools with the resources and information to earn healthy-school certification through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge recognition program.
A detailed evaluation of the Game On program revealed that:
- 84% of students reported increasing their physical activity levels before school
- 88% of students reported increasing their physical activity after school
- Kids demonstrated that they knew what foods to eat and made better food choices at home and at school
- 95% of schools made changes to their wellness practices as a result of Game On
Uniform Advantage is excited to make a difference and help energize tomorrow’s leaders! Let’s help reinforce to our kids on a daily basis to make better choices so they will live to build a better future!