Local fitness instructor helps kids fight obesity

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By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy

PHOENIX -- In the past four decades, obesity rates in the U.S. have soared, and kids ages six to 11 have been hit the hardest.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. And Felicia Romero, a fitness instructor at Fitness Evolution in Gilbert, is helping children fight obesity.

“One in three children are either obese or overweight and it’s a problem. It’s an epidemic that we really need to get a handle on,” Romero said.

Romero emulates Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move" campaign to try to get kids active and parents educated. Felicia is helping children and parents fight childhood obesity 365 days a year, not only during September.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle starts at home. Simple adjustments such as turning off the TV to talk as a family during dinner, planning a healthy menu and taking a walk after dinner can help combat childhood obesity.

“You’ve got to get the parents involved. Parents have to be just as on board as the kids do,” Romero said.

Throughout the next month, Romero is offering free training for families. Parents and children can come to Fitness Evolution to try a program and see how they like it.

Romero will also be teaming up with Hi-Health in October as a youth ambassador for high school students. She will visit high schools and talk to students about living a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, proper supplementation, and being active.

Romero makes workout sessions fun for kids so it doesn’t seem like a chore. She also promotes building a healthy body to teach children about self-acceptance.

You can go online to learn more about National Childhood Obesity Month.