Torch Kids Moving The Woodlands Children

Organized by: Eduardo de la Macorra

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We are an organisation committed to reversing the obesity and inactivity amongst American youth epidemic that is debilitating our nation. These diseases are largely preventable through diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle education. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012.! While the effects of a society that is overweight (think sickness, taxpayer cost, hospital burden, premature death), are astronomical, this is far more than just obesity. Depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, anxiety, high cholesterol, asthma, injuries (back, neck, hip, knee, ankle), cancer, arthritis, chronic inflammation, heartburn, kidney stones, gout and high blood pressure are all chronic health complaints associated with inactivity, poor nutrition and excess weight. As a nation we have 2 main paths we can follow: Prevention or Cure (treatment). We can build more hospitals, train more doctors, fund more heart transplants and gastric band surgery or we can empower each and every individual with the knowledge and skills needed to create habits that will help reduce preventable chronic disease. We can educate teachers and parents to educate our children, ensuring the next generation creates healthy habits early in their life. By increasing awareness and getting as large of a supporter base as possible, we can show the government that we are serious about creating changes and implementing policies that will make change. Our mission is large and many people believe almost impossible, but ask yourself, what is our alternative? We simply must succeed, and are 110% committed to fighting in the trenches until we reach our goal.


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