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NB3Fit Day Aims to Decrease Childhood Obesity

NB3Fit Day is Sunday, November 13th! This national event calls all tribes and Native communities to promote physical activity among Native American youth by hosting events that encourage Native youth health and fitness.

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Half of Native children born since 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can reduce a child’s life expectancy by 27 years! These statistics are shocking, but the good news is that this trend can be reversed.

The American Heart Association believes every child should have access to healthy food and effective Physical Education courses, regardless of socioeconomic status. The AHA’s Voices for Healthy Kids initiative works to make the United States a healthier place for kids to learn, grow, and play. PE programs are one of the most critical components of a healthy childhood. These programs give kids the tools they need to learn maintaining a healthy weight and living an active lifestyle. Unfortunately, PE programs across the country are disappearing due to lack of facilities, equipment, and competing priorities, especially in low-income neighborhoods. Our nation faces an epidemic of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes as a result.

Communities of color are at an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, so it’s very important to ensure all of our kids are offered effective PE programs. Active kids focus better, have more self-esteem, get better grades, and most importantly, grow into healthy, strong adults.

NB3Fit Day will encourage Native American youth to be proactive agents of their health and live stronger, healthier lives. To learn more about NB3 Fit day and get involved, click here!

Join Voices for Healthy Kids and the American Heart Association in the movement to ensure all kids have access to quality physical education! Sign up at YouretheCure.org to receive critical alerts.

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