Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Boost Fitness, Pediatrics West To Help Fight Obesity In Area Youths

“Boost Fitness announced that it has created a special exercise program for obese youths as part of the Healthy Eating Lifestyle Program (HELP) created by Pediatrics West. Pediatrics West, a private, independent pediatric practice based in Westford, received funding for HELP from Partners Community Healthcare, Inc.'s (PCHI) System Improvement Grant Program. ‘Obesity has become an epidemic in America, affecting nearly one in four children,’ according to Mark Federico, owner of Boost Fitness. ‘By helping young people change their lifestyle, we believe we can help them avoid diabetes, heart disease and other major health problems that result from obesity.’ According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on statistics for 2003-2006, 16.3% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese."

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