The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

September 24, 2013

Moving children toward a healthier future

Programs teach families how to stay active and healthy

ANDERSON, Ind. — ANDERSON — Just move.

That’s what Dr. Emi Bays wants children to do.

Bays, a pediatrician with St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, is encouraging her patients to join the “Choose to Lose for Kids and Families.” The program, being offered by St.Vincent and partnered through the YMCA, teaches participants how to live a healthy lifestyle with weight management. The new program is tailored to the needs of children and teens, ages 8 to 18, costs $50 and kicks off on Oct. 1.

“I’m very excited about it,” Bays said of the program. “I really think it could be a great tool for motivating kids and for families to use.”

Community Hospital Anderson also offers a healthy lifestyle program for children 8 to 13 years and their caregivers called “Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition (We Can)” which, like Choose to Lose, focuses on being healthy and staying active.

We Can is free and offered twice a year with the next class starting Oct. 15, said Jenny Martin, nutrition coordinator at Community Hospital Anderson. Community’s program is a six-week class that is offered once a week on Tuesday nights.

“Obesity statistics are high and obesity is not going away,” said Martin.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents just within the last 30 years. Statistics also show that children between the ages of 6 and 19 years who were obese has increased from between 5 and 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 18 percent in 2010.

Bays said she sees children in her clinic every day who have struggled with bad habits that tend to snowball. She said in order to be healthy, people should strive to combine being active with a balanced diet.

“I don’t think the problem is necessarily from not doing one or the other,” she said.

Text Only
Local Business
  • Comcast employees volunteer to help Habitat for Humanity On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Madison County Habitat for Humanity members will work with more than 30 Comcast employees, families and friends to beautify the grounds and participate in light interior remodeling.

    April 23, 2014

  • NWS - HB01006 - snow storm - JC 59a FEMA approves disaster aid for 19 counties

    After initially rejecting Indiana's request for federal aid following a brutal winter, the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved disaster relief on Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0420 - Ellks - JC 2a Rezoning approved for Elks Lodge building With no objections from surrounding property owners, the former Elks Lodge at 1803 Broadway has been rezoned for a planned banquet hall and catering service.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • life saver.jpg Man credited with saving life says he was doing his job

    When Richard Goff walked into Louis Moyer's home, he smelled gas.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Housing complex to open for homeless veterans in Kokomo Jackson Street Commons is Kokomo’s new $3.6 million facility providing permanent housing to 27 previously homeless veterans.

    April 21, 2014

  • Charo Boyd mug [Duplicate] Charo Boyd: Social Security goes green on Earth Day and every day For years, Social Security has been at the forefront of offering convenient, easy-to-use, and secure online services. We, along with those we serve, have saved a lot of paper, shipping costs, and fuel — and cut back on a lot of carbon exhaust and pollution — by going online instead of doing things the old-fashioned, less efficient way.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0420 - CATS Buses-09 City to replace CATS fleet With 7-year-old city buses registering 250,000 miles, Anderson is looking to replace its aging transportation fleet.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0420 - Funderburk - 04 Man tries to restore father's tainted legacy at dental clinic

    When news broke earlier this month that the Anderson Dental Clinic had been shut down and several employees, including owner Sally Metzner, had been arrested, Mark Funderburk's main concern was the patients. "A lot of them kept going there because of my dad even after he passed away," he said. "And they didn't deserve this."

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0420 - Scott wise -TM Gaining an edge and spreading the word in 2014 Scott owner of Scotty’s Brewhouse with locations in Indianapolis, Muncie, Mishawaka and Bloomington, encourages business owners to interact with customers and use powerful tools such as Twitter, Facebook or even with a blog to their advantage.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0420 - Amys Attic - TM Business Profile: Hidden treasures can be found here Amy's Attic Thrift Store, which opened April 1, offers a variety of different items including clothing, accessories, furniture, yard decorations and collectibles.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide