New ETCH program takes aim at child obesity

(WBIR) A new program at East Tennessee Children's Hospital is taking aim at childhood obesity.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's Health Foundation presented a check for more than $200,000 on Monday to help fund the program.

Children will participate in a variety of hands-on games and activities during the 12-week program. The hospital will also teach the kids about nutrition and have food tastings at each weekly class.

Kindal Aaron, with Coalition on Childhood Obesity, said she hopes the new program will motivate children to live a healthier lifestyle.

"We're starting at the preschool age, so that way when they get into Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and on through middle school and high school, they are number one educated and they have the awareness of how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle, and that they also incorporate physical activity as a daily part of their life," said Aaron.

Currently four preschools in Knox and Sevier counties are using the new nutrition and fitness program. An additional 10 preschools are expected to be added this summer.


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