“The physical-fitness component is important to help both the kids and their families get moving to their potential,” said Peters, who noted the activities portion of the program will vary in structure from full-group sessions to splitting the kids and parents into their own groups.
All three health-care providers agreed that parents have to play a major role in the success of their children’s lifestyle changes. Parents buy the groceries and provide the opportunities for physical activities (through such simple measures as taking walks through the park).
All children participants must be accompanied by a primary caregiver, whether that be one or both parents, a grandparent, uncle or other adult in the child’s life.
Statistics show that about 40 percent of all children in Clinton County are overweight or obese. The county’s F.L.A.S.H. Program is designed to help reduce those numbers by giving families the skills they can use every day with healthier lifestyle choices.
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TO LEARN MORE
The Clinton County Health Department will be offering an introductory session on the F.L.A.S.H. Program from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the Health Department's 2nd Floor Meeting Room (the old courthouse) at 133 Margaret St.
For more information, call the Health Department at 565-4993.