Florence Co. middle school sponsoring event combating obesity

Photo Source: MGN Online
Photo Source: MGN Online

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Southside Middle School is sponsoring an event called Move Your Body, to combat childhood obesity, on Wednesday, May 1 2013 at 1:42 p.m., according to a press release.

This event is in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Administrators are aiming for around 300 seventh and eighth grade students to participate in the event that will be held in the middle school

Southside Middle School is the only middle school in South Carolina recognized on the bronze level. Let's Move! is an initiative that engages 50,000 schools across the county, and encourages students to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day before, during and after school.

Childhood obesity is a national epidemic, and nearly one-in-three children ages 2-19 in the Unites States is overweight or obese, which puts them at risk for serious health problems. Many experts believe that the current generation could become the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents, if the obesity rate continues.

For more information, contact Michelle L. Hayes at 843-664-8467 or 843-618-8557.

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