On a national scale, the United States is in the midst of a widespread obesity epidemic. Not only are studies finding that adults are suffering from becoming or being overweight but children are now becoming the focus behind obesity statistics. Studies have shown that obese adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. With parents who are no longer encouraging children to go outside and play, children are choosing to be idle while watching television or video games. It is said that children should have at least 150 minutes of Physical Education per week. Unfortunately, many schools are no longer requiring children to even partake in Physical Education classes. This pandemic of childhood obesity will soon become an epidemic if parents and schools do not take action soon.
Within the state of South Carolina, 21.5% of our youth are said to be obese or overweight. South Carolina also ranks in at No. 48 for overweight or obese children out of all 50 states -- 1 is considered the healthiest. With these statistics changing, and not for the better, the University of South Carolina has created an initiative-based program called the Active Gamecocks. The program encourages children, between Kindergarten and fifth grade, to participate in a two-week, 30-minute a day exercise regimen. If the student completes this exercise regimen, they become eligible to receive two (2) complimentary tickets to a predetermined Gamecock athletic sporting event. The program is put in place during the academic year, where three sessions can take place - fall, winter and spring. Elementary schools are encouraged to participate in as many sessions as they would be it one or three!
The Active Gamecocks program has had an ever-increasing number of elementary schools participating. Last year, 15,736 students participated from over 70 schools, receiving tickets to seven (7) athletic events! This is a record-breaking number for us; however, we want this year to be even better! Join your Gamecocks in this fall in living an active lifestyle.
UPCOMING ACTIVE GAMECOCK EVENTS
If you are interested in finding out more about the Active Gamecocks program, please contact Josh Waters by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by phone (803-777-5567), or use the forms above to register. Go Gamecocks!