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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – May 16, 2011 – Nationally recognized health and fitness expert and best-selling author, Dr. Art Mollen, and his wife, Paige Mollen have launched The Mollen Foundation Preventing Childhood Obesity.  Their community-based program debuts on June 6, in Phoenix.

Dr. Mollen states, “Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle in children that includes fitness, nutrition and self esteem through exercise programs and nutritional education.“

The latest national 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, are alarmingly obese. 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.  Mollen adds, “ The most damaging effects of obesity for children are often the ones you can’t see.”

In collaboration with the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA, educators and community health and fitness experts will help enlighten, empower and inspire children to live a more active, healthier lifestyle.

YMCA spokesperson Kerri O’Brien states, “This program will enhance our family focused curriculum and offer children enrolled in our summer camp at the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA another opportunity to keep active during the summer.  The YMCA and the Mollen Foundation share the same vision to educate our children through guidance and recourses in order to achieve greater health and well being for their futures.”

The eight-week program called “Dr. Art’s Healthy Kids,” is a comprehensive nutrition education and fitness program aligned to the Arizona and National Comprehensive Health Standards and Common Core State Standards. The Program also provides a child-friendly, non-invasive, voluntary pre and post health screening which includes: blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose testing to determine diabetes or other blood sugar related disorders, body mass index and body fat analysis. Data will be available to parents and will help document the children’s success. The program is included when children enroll in the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA’s summer camp.

Co-founder, Paige Mollen says, “The state-of-the-art, interactive technology by Promethean will be used to actively engage children in meaningful, hands-on lessons that promote critical thinking and collaboration while encouraging movement and fun.  The lessons are intended to prepare children to leave the program with the skills to live healthier lives.”
The Mollen Foundation is compromised of medical experts, sports and fitness professionals, nutritional specialists, school educators and key community leaders and sponsors.

For more information on The Mollen Foundation and its programs or for volunteer opportunities, please visit www.MollenFoundation.org.  For more information on enrollment and to take part in Dr. Art’s Healthy Kids Program at the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA, please visit, http://www.valleyymca.org/lincoln or call 602-257-5138.