MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's National Nutrition Month - a time you should be thinking about adopting a healthier lifestyle, but it's also important to think about helping your kids make healthy choices.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The most recent DHEC data shows almost 30 percent of all South Carolina high school students were either overweight or obese. Children who are obese are likely to be obese as adults, and are therefore more at risk for health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and several types of cancer.
It's not just about eating healthy, but incorporating exercise into our daily lives, and doing so at a young age. Eight to 18-year-olds spend more than seven hours a day entertaining themselves by watching TV, sitting on the computer or playing on their cell phones. The CDC says children and adolescents should do one hour of physical activity each day.
As a father of four, Mike Noreck says he's concerned fitness is not promoted enough to our kids, which is why he started a kids program at Crossfit Asperitas.
"I'm a little disappointed in how our school system doesn't incorporate a lot of PE activity in the daily routines, I just notice how that plays into kids and their daily lifestyle," he says, because fitness promotes confidence, commitment and a sense of community.
Crossfit Asperitas, located in Carolina Forest, is helping you teach your kids that fitness can be fun, from running to learning the proper form for doing squats and working with medicine balls. The goal is to teach body control at a young age, to prepare our kids for challenges they'll face later in life.
Crossfit is known for it's high intensity training, which often brings up talk of safety.
"It's probably the safest program because the curriculum that goes along with Crossfit Kids is designed specifically for them; it's not tailored from adults to the kids, it is specifically for them and their different abilities," Noreck says, adding that no weights are required in Crossfit for Kids.
For more information about the program: Crossfit Asperitas at 843-903-0932 or http://www.crossfitasperitas.com/CROSSFIT_KIDS.html
You can also visit other facilities in the area for kids fitness programs, among many more: