The Junior League of Columbus battles the bulge

By Roslyn Giles

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- Obesity is a major problem that's becoming an epidemic in our society. The Centers for Disease Control predicts by 2030, 30% of all children and teens in the United States will be obese or overweight.  What's even more alarming is obesity prevalence has tripled since 1980.

But there are ways to combat this problem with the proper diet and exercise.  Terri Bolger, Diabetes Educator at Saint Francis' Health Matters, suggests parents take control of their kid's diet by introducing healthier food choices.  "Fats are essential to your diet, but we don't need to overdo it," said Bolger.

Bolger showed us a spread that included fruits, cheese, and fresh vegetables with ranching dressing, peanut butter and much more. "Make it fun, cut out your sandwiches in shapes and use dipping sauces for carrots, broccoli and celery.

Exercise is another key component in keeping your weight under control. "You can go to the dollar store to buy a jump rope or hula hoop for the kids to play with while their outside," added Margaret Ward, Personal Trainer with the Junior League of Columbus.

The JLC has been instrumental in bringing awareness to childhood obesity through various programs like "Kids in the Kitchen" and now "Run for the Kitchen".    The organization will host a one mile, 5K run to raise fund for KK where kids learn firsthand about healthy eating habits.  It starts at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Intramural Fields on the campus of Columbus State University.  You are encouraged to bring your kids, babies and their strollers.

For more information click here for the Junior League's website.