According to the CDC, there has been a drastic increase in the number of overweight people in the U.S. in the past 20 years. In 2009, West Virginia was one of the most obese states in the nation with more than 31 percent of its adult population considered obese. The state's children are also becoming more and more overweight, which puts them at risk for health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol into adulthood.
Because of these overwhelming statistics, CAMC and CAMC Women and Children's Hospital have joined forces with the WV Power to create a new program called, "Chuck's Healthy Challenge." This program is a healthy lifestyle program aimed at teaching children, and adults, to eat healthy foods and exercise.
"The WV Power recognizes this growing health concern in our state and we feel like we can use our place in the community to educate children and adults, as well as assist them in making healthy lifestyle decisions," said Joe Payne, vice president of sales for the Power.
Included in this program are a Power Street Team, and a natural grill and garden at the ballpark.
"This program will allow CAMC to provide information to area residents about how to get healthier," said Andrew Weber, vice president and administrator at Women and Children's Hospital. "It will give us the opportunity to get information about the importance of healthy eating and exercise into the schools, and also out to the people attending games at the ballpark."
The Power Street Team will take a 5-2-1-0 message out to schools in a fan van marked with Power and CAMC logos. The 5-2-1-0 message encourages daily: 5 - or more servings of fruits and vegetables; 2 - hours or less of recreational screen time (TV, computer, video games); 1 - hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity; and 0 - sugary drinks like soda or sugar-sweetened sports or fruit drinks.
"This message should be a catchy way for parents and their children to change habits," said Weber. "The
5-2-1-0 is an easy way for people to remember what they can do every day to be healthier."
Chuck's Natural Grill and Garden will promote healthy food choices at the ballpark.
The garden is located on the third base side and will provide the grill with organic produce to use on food items sold there, including turkey burgers, quesadillas on whole-wheat tortillas, etc.
"We are elated to be partnered with CAMC and CAMC Women and Children's Hospital in bringing this very important program to the community," Payne said.
Chuck's Healthy Challenge will be active this baseball season and materials like educational coloring books, parent surveys and 5-2-1-0 handouts will be handed out at schools and the ballpark.