Thursday, July 16, 2009

Attention Youth: Make a healthy difference - become a YAM!

Did you know that almost one in four children do not participate in any free time physical activity? This lack of exercise combined with less than healthy food choices has led to a serious problem: Today about 25 million kids (ages 2-19) in the United States are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. That’s nearly one of every three kids. Some experts believe that if obesity among kids continues to increase at this rate, our current generation could become the FIRST in American history to live shorter lives than their parents!

But it doesn't have to be that way, and YOU can help!

The Detroit Science Center is partnering with the American Heart Association to find youth who want to make a healthy difference in their community. Youth interested in serving as local ambassadors and contributing to the fight against childhood obesity are encouraged to become Youth Allies of Michigan (YAM). YAM members, ages eight – 17, will promote positive healthy behaviors in the community. YAM opportunities include participating in an upcoming youth forum slated for Tuesday September 29th at Detroit Public Television, representing the Alliance for a Healthier Generation at community events, facilitating youth programs, public speaking engagements and community service hours.

The first YAM meeting will be Wednesday, July 29th at 6pm at the Flint Children’s Museum. A call-in number will also be available for those who can’t attend. For more information, please call Alicia Hoge at 248.936.5826 or click here. Stay tuned for details about the follow up meeting that will take place here at the DSC in November.

You can also check out empowerME: a fun, interactive youth site designed to inspire you to eat healthier and move more, to motivate others, and to be a solution to America's obesity epidemic.

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