New event helps fight childhood obesity

WITW Facebook v2A brand new event in the Greater Utica area will help bring attention to the fight against childhood obesity. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and presenting sponsor AmeriCU Credit Union will host the first Walk in the Wild on Saturday, September 26th at the Utica Zoo.

Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese. That’s nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. There are also psychological effects. Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. The good news is, obesity can be prevented through healthy habits like physical activity and good nutrition.

The Walk in the Wild encourages kids to get active by featuring a one-mile walk through the Utica Zoo, including a treasure hunt. Kids will be able to learn how animals stay healthy, as well as getting fun tips on protecting their own heart health.

This family-friendly event will also feature a costume contest, obstacle course sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets, interactive vendor fair, and entertainment. Admission to the Utica Zoo will be free for adults and children from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. The Walk in the Wild is nationally sponsored by SUBWAY®.

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