At The Mollen Foundation we empower, encourage and motivate children to live active and healthier lifestyles.
Our experienced medical and educational professionals have partnered with key community leaders and youth educators to give parents and school-aged children “hands-on” tools to succeed in attaining their lifestyle changes.
Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle in children that includes fitness, nutrition and self esteem through exercise programs and nutritional education.
Why is preventing childhood obesity important?
The latest studies by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) show that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Today, one in every three children in the country is considered overweight, many of these children are alarmingly obese. By definition, obesity is the abnormal accumulation of body fat, usually 20% or more over an individual’s ideal body weight.
For a child, being obese has both immediate and long term physical and emotional effects that include: heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.