Childhood obesity troubles government-Julius Timothy

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 25 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Health Minister Julius Timothy says childhood obesity in Dominica is a major concern for government.Timothy told an address to observe Caribbean Nutrition Day this week that a conference is expected to get underway in Aruba this month, to find solutions to the growing problem of childhood obesity.He says persons should continue to engage in physical activities, in an effort to remain healthy.Timothy says children should be no exception.“Childhood Obesity is a growing concern globally and certainly for us here in Dominica. A conference on childhood obesity is now on the way in Aruba to find solutions to the growing problem of obesity. When we speak of physical activity, we mean any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that use energy. Unfortunately our inactive lifestyle has brought us to the point where walking to work, climbing stairs, running around   the community savannahs are some things of the past,” Timothy said.According to him, there is hardly any age limit as it relates to physical activity and this should not only be a   one day activity but must become part of our lifestyle.“It is not unusual   for children to sit for hours without getting involved in some form of physical activity but even preschoolers should engage for at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity each day. Persons 18 years and over, may begin with 90 minutes of moderate –intensity aerobics activity per week while. The older persons should also include physical activity to strengthen muscles and improve balance,” he added.Timothy said further that it is very important to remember that before the commencement of any physical activity one should consider their age, physical development, disability and medical condition. “Therefore, it is necessary to check with your health provider before beginning any form of physical activity,” he explained.Photo credit: nonhores.comDominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Childhood obesity troubles government-Julius Timothy by: – June 3, 2011last_img

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