CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Obesity is a huge issue in the Palmetto state.
A recent report found South Carolina is the second highest nationally in youth obesity, that's ages 10 to 17.
In just seconds, you can help fight this growing epidemic. A local organization and school is teaming up to keep your kids healthy.
All it takes is the click of a mouse. One vote for the Green Spark Program in the Kind Causes Contest, could win a local organization, the Wellness Council for SC, $10,000.
The local non-profit runs an after school program at Whittemore Park Middle School called, Green Spark. That stands for Shaping Potential and Reaching Kids. It teaches your kids about nutrition, exercise and even how to grow a garden. The Founder of the program and the company, Kristi Falk, says the goal is to teach kids healthy habits early, so they'll continue into adulthood.
This is exactly the type of case the Kind Company looks for in its kind causes contest; programs which have a tangible impact on everyone. Of those causes, the company chooses one a month to win the money, based on your votes. The wellness councils' entry is among about 40 organizations, nationwide. This is the first time someone locally is up for the win. A win that would feed our children with the wealth of good health.
It's a small program, that could have a big impact, if the Wellness Council can expand it community-wide. This kind of education is needed, here's food for thought:
"There's young kids now getting type 2 diabetes, which used to be an adult only illness, they're getting heart disease, so we want to kind of nip that in the bud," said Falk.
Whittemore Park Middle School teachers stand behind the program.
"They'll have a better understanding of how eating healthier can help them with their academics, with their sports," said teacher Alicia Hutchinson.
Students even learn about "Green jobs," and ways good health now can sets them up on a path for healthier food choices in the future. A path that will hopefully pave progress in the fight against obesity in the state.
If the Wellness Council for SC gets the most online votes, it will win $10,000 and can expand the program throughout the community. There are only thirteen days left in this contest and this cause is up against others that have more than a thousand votes.