Inspiration through Action

Obesity rates in the U.S. have increased dramatically in recent decades. In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese (1). Inactivity has been cited as a major factor for this growing trend. Therefore, finding ways to encourage health and wellness in our communities is important.

Developing healthy habits, including regular exercise and healthy eating can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing diseases related to the condition (2). 2nd Recess is a booster shot for families looking to get active, be educated, and develop lifelong healthy habits. We encourage the entire family to be active because children of active parents are twice as likely to be active as adults (3).

In addition, the following are also major benefits of being active as a kid:

  • Develop social skills: teamwork, cooperation, and leadership
  • Develop higher self-esteem
  • Learn how to set goals and challenge themselves
  • Hone basic motor skills
  • Improve strength, endurance, and bone growth
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Increase academic success at school

Through practices and local San Diego running events and races, 2nd Recess aims to inspire children and their families to lead active and healthy lives.

Works Cited

1               Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012. Journal of the American Medical Association 2014;311(8):806-814.

2               Office of the Surgeon General. The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation. Rockville, MD, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.

3               “Benefits of Physical Activity.” PHIT America. 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 10 Feb. 2015. <http://www.phitamerica.org/Benefits_of_Physical_Activity.htm>.

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