It's called a national epidemic. One-third of children in our country under the age of 19 are significantly overweight or obese. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out these children are setting themselves up for significant health risks both now and then later as they age. The scientific research is pretty clear and undisputed - obesity in childhood leads to later life Type 2 diabetes, asthma, and eventually heart failure
Here in Florida, perhaps because of our outdoor living style, our numbers are a bit better - but still, one in every four children in Florida suffers from obesity. No matter what the numbers are - it's still too many - and the eventual impact on our health care system as these children become adults will be crushing.
What has changed to create this health crisis? It's not just the inactivity associated with "screen time", but it's the snacking in front of that screen that drives the weight gain. There there is the unhealthy food choices that children make. Who wants to eat beans and broccoli when there's a pizza and code nearby?
Debra Tendrich was one of those kids. At age 25 she found herself weight 200 pounds - and she's only 5'1". Her diagnosis of high cholesterol and a precarious health future forced her to consider what she was doing to her life. Now she is an evangelist for healthy eating and exercise.
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Debra Tendrich's wake up call when she was 25 and her doctor told her she was obese. That diagnosis drove her to change her life. She jumped, literally, into a daily work-out routine and pursued research about healthy eating . Now 75 pounds later and 100 cholesterol points lighter, she is a slim, trim and fit advocate of getting kids up and moving while they still have their health - and the vibrancy of youth on their side.
Palm Beach SCORE
Palm Beach SCORE is a non-profit who's mission is helping local small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs grow and thrive by offering mentoring, workshops, business consulting and counseling services, networking opportunities, events and partnerships within the Palm Beach / South Florida business corridor.
SCORE-ing Your Business' host Penny Pompei serves as Chapter Chair for our local Palm Beach SCORE Chapter #224, located in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach.