Many kids and adults are fighting against the obesity problem which seems to be growing like an epidemic all over the world. According to a national study, it was found that the 80 percent of children, who were overweight at ages 10 to 15, were obese by the age of 25 (www.woodtv.com).
A new program to fight this world wide epidemic is in progress. This program is called “Kent Steps Up!”. The fitness initiative created by the Kent County Health Department kicks off Monday and 11 schools are signed up to take part.
Each third and fourth grader will receive a pedometer to track how many steps they're taking everyday. The goal is to take at least 10,000 steps daily.
The top three schools at the end of the four-week challenge will receive $500 in prize money. That money will go toward the purchase of an item that encourages physical activity at the winning schools.