TRENTON—To celebrate September, “Go Healthy” Month, the American Heart Association is kicking-off month-long activities on Monday, Aug. 31, at the 7:05 p.m. Trenton Thunder vs. New Britain Rock Cats baseball game in Waterfront Park in Trenton. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of eating healthy and participating in physical activity, young fans will enjoy active games, prizes and learning heart-healthy tips while enjoying America’s favorite pastime.
Childhood obesity is now regarded as the number one health concern amount parents in the U.S., topping drug abuse and smoking. Nearly one in three children and teens in the U.S. is overweight or obese and are at risk for life-threatening health conditions including heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint partnership between the American Heart Association and William Clinton Foundation, is dedicated to battling childhood obesity and improving the overall health of America’s youth. In addition to designating September as “Go Healthy” Month, the Alliance works year long to engage, educate and encourage kids across the nation to motivate themselves, their families and friends to eat better and move more.
New Jersey families can take a stand for children’s health on Aug. 31 at the Trenton Thunder baseball game by making a pledge to be healthier by joining the empowerMe movement. empowerME inspires youth and families to eat healthier and move more, to motivate each other, and to be a solution to America’s obesity epidemic. More information on the movement is available at empowerme2b.org.
Tickets for the game are available for $8.00 by calling the American Heart Association New Jersey headquarters at 609-208-0020. Proceeds of tickets will benefit the American Heart Association.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that one in three children born in the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes (in their lifetime), a major risk factor for heart disease. In African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians, who are more vulnerable to diabetes and obesity, that number increases to nearly one in two. But, through physical activity and eating healthy, children can lower their risk of developing diabetes, therefore possibly reducing their chance of developing cardiovascular disease later in life.
The American Heart Association New Jersey office will host several “Go Healthy” events throughout the state during September including an empowerMe Night on Friday, Sept. 18 at the TD Bank Ball Park in Bridgewater and an empowerMe event on Saturday Sept. 19 at the U.S. Skates Rink at Branch Brook Park in Newark. For information on these events and more, call 609-208-0020.
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