P-ursuing: to strive to gain; seek to attain or accomplish (an end, object, purpose, etc.)
L-earning: the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill
A-t: used to indicate a point or place occupied in space
Y-outh: the condition of being young
What could happen in the absence of P.L.A.Y.
It's a sobering statement about the effects of childhood obesity, and one that's repeated time and again by national health experts, including the U.S. Surgeon general. There's no question - childhood obesity is officially an epidemic.
In fact, Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, "If you looked at any epidemic - whether it's influenza or plague from the Middle Ages - they are not as serious as the epidemic of obesity in terms of the health impact on our country and our society.."
It's not enough to make a personal pledge to eat right and exercise. If we are going to make a community-wide-difference, we need to help support change by not only being good role models, but by helping to create healthier environments that encourage better eating and increased physical activity. We need to help create places that make the healthy choice the easier choice. And we need to reach our children, when they are still forming their habits (and national health statistics show overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight adults.)
-Beth Trapani, Philly Fit Magazine
Click here to see how one school, parents, and a local grocery store partnered to make a difference.