2011-04-07 / Other News

CEC Meeting Tackles National Issue — Childhood Obesity

By Skye Holly

NYRR’s Barton Adams NYRR’s Barton Adams In efforts to address issues beyond the classroom, the District 18 Community Educational Council’s (CEC) monthly meeting this week dealt with a topic that even has the concern of First Lady Michelle Obama — childhood obesity.

Representatives from the New York Road Runners and the New York Literacy Crusade spoke at the District 18 satellite office on East 95th Street and Conklin Avenue during Monday evening’s session, about ways that families can educate and influence their children to develop healthy habits to combat this widespread epidemic.

CEC President James Dandridge explained that the guests were present to make presentations that would speak to the concerns that parents may have about childhood obesity.

Albert Eaton-Bey, president of The New York Literacy Crusade, pointed out the relationship between poor nutrition and educational performance. Poor nutritional trends can account for diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and sleep deprivation. This is said very often, but Eaton-Bey went on to say that there are links between poor nutrition and a poor learning curve, resulting in low self-esteem and even cases of bullying.

“Diet does matter,’’ he said.

Barton Adams, Coordinator of Youth and Community Services for the New York Road Runners (NYRR), which organizes the annual New York City Marathon, was on hand to invite parents and schools to participate in its programs that aid in the “fight against childhood obesity.” The NYRR and its trained staff works with the city’s public schools to offer free running and wellness programs, Young Runners and Mighty Milers, to make running a routine during the school week. The programs are also designed to develop children as better learners, to cultivate teamwork skills and to give them opportunities to compete in NYRR events.

This season, both NYRR and The New York Literacy Crusade are spreading the word on how children and families can live better and healthier. On April 16 at The Beacon After- School Program, 905 Winthrop Street, a “Childhood and Adult Obesity Prevention Workshop’’ will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact the CEC at (718) 566-6011. To contact The New York Literacy Crusade, call (917) 755-7740. For Barton Adams, NYRR, go to nyrr.org or call (646) 248-8270.

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