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Making Healthy Cool

by ABC2 World Changers category: Health

“Increase physical activity & healthy eating habits of youth/teens to reduce the Childhood obesity rate 20% by 2020. http://thndr.me/Iv0yjq

ABC2 World Changers
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25% of goal supported
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56,806
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This campaign ended on August 11, 2017 at 8PM

A Better Chance, A Better Community (ABC2) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and community organization that strives to provide unique and cultural opportunities to young people in Halifax County, NC.  To that end, ABC2’s mission is to provide the Roanoke Valley and the surrounding areas with innovative opportunities and resources to foster community development, youth empowerment and healthy living activities through a sense of culture, ideas, community and awareness. Founded in 2012, ABC2 serves approximately 100 young people (World Changers) in Eastern NC. 

Halifax County is rich in history and blessed with an abundance of natural resources, recreational opportunities, and culture. Halifax County, however, has suffered from being listed as one of the unhealthiest counties in North Carolina. Based on the 2017 County Health Rankings & Road-maps, Halifax County was ranked 96th out of 100 counties across North Carolina in Health Factors and 99th in Health Outcomes. Childhood obesity is a huge contributor to this problem in our county and increasing the amount of physical activity young people are exposed to is essential. Many young people spend less than 30 minutes being active or engaging in exercising. Over 62% of young people in Halifax County; per survey conducted at Northwest, Southeast, Roanoke Rapids, and Weldon High Schools, admit to spending over 7 hours a day playing video games, on the computer, and/or watching television. It is imperative that people exercise at least 30 minutes a day or more, along with a healthy diet. Regular physical activity promotes important health benefits, reduces risk for obesity and is linked with academic performance among students. The U. S. Surgeon General recommends that children and adolescents engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week, yet fewer than half of children and adolescents meet that recommendation. Numerous legislative efforts, including the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 - 2016, and leading public health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association recognize that schools play a critical role in supporting physical activity among children and adolescents. Further, Healthy People 2020 objectives released by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services underscore the importance of physical activity in schools, including daily physical education and regular recess. Active video games can enable children and adolescents to participate in moderate, and even vigorous, physical activity. Nearly 45% of children living in poverty are overweight or obese. Obesity is also a growing threat to our national security. According to the President’s Council on a surprising 27% of young Americans are too overweight to serve in the military. Approximately 15,000 potential recruits fail their physicals every year because they are unfit.

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Organizer

ABC2 World Changers
@abc_squared

ABC2 World Changers are a group of Young People from across North Carolina who believe in positive community Changer. Changing The World One Community At A Time!

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