September 14, 2010

Real-world solutions to childhood obesity

Discovery Health logoDiscovery Health is joining forces with KaBOOM! to help Save Play for one million kids this year. As we all know, the benefits of play for kids are undeniable: Children with a park or playground within one mile of their home are almost five times more likely to be classified as being of a healthy weight.

To provide real-world solutions to the health problem of childhood obesity, Discovery Health is presenting BIG KIDS, a one-hour special this Thursday at 9 p.m. e/p. BIG KIDS profiles the lives of two obese children and their struggles to embrace healthier, happier lifestyles. While one participates in a nationally renowned weight-loss boot camp, the other receives personal intervention-style counseling from top fitness and nutrition experts at home.

Highlights include a special appearance by motivational speaker and Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes on behalf of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, discussing the First Lady's Let's Move health initiative.

Discovery Health is committed to spreading the word about Save Play and getting its viewers involved in the movement to improve the state of play nationwide. Before you watch BIG KIDS, you can participate in a webinar tomorrow, at 1 p.m. EDT, featuring Dominique Dawes and our very own childhood development specialist, Danielle Marshall. "Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Kids" will teach you how to improve your child's health, including small, simple changes you can make in your classroom, in your home, and in your community to combat the obesity epidemic. Register here.

To learn more about BIG KIDS and Discovery Health's other initiatives, visit discoveryhealth.com. To join the Save Play movement, visit saveplay.org.

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