Letter: Kuna kids’ health

January 21, 2014 

For kids to be happy and successful in school, they need to feel good and be healthy. Unfortunately, this generation of children is projected to have shorter life expectancies than their parents.

One in three Idaho children is overweight or obese and prone to diabetes and heart disease. It is essential we create a culture of health in our communities to help overcome these trends.

This fall, Kuna was named a winner of the High Five Children’s Health Collaborative community grant. This program from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health is fighting childhood obesity. The citizens in Kuna showed great interest in this opportunity by voting online during the grant application process. The grant will help us create a healthier community — and hopefully healthier schools and child care facilities. At the Boys and Girls Club, we teach kids about nutrition and provide healthy snacks and activities. But there is an opportunity to do more. The High Five website (HighFiveIdaho.org) has tips, challenges, recipes, games and information for anyone who wants to keep their kids healthy.

BELINDA GORDON, Kuna

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