Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in Baltimore is overweight. At some point in their lives, one third of all children born after 1999 will suffer from diabetes; and many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. Because of obesity, we now have a generation of kids in Southwest Baltimore who may not outlive their parents.
Parents and community members can model healthy decisions about physical activity and nutrition. But in today’s busy world, healthy choices aren’t always easy. Social environmental factors including proximity of fast food and convenience stores and the absence of grocery stores, aka “food deserts,” starve our kids of broader and healthier food options.
How does the Sowebo Landmark 5K help?
Community initiatives like the Sowebo Landmark 5K and Sowebo Running & Walking Club of Baltimore are critical in helping children and adolescents establish lifelong, healthy physical activity patterns. The race also promotes the walkability of our community and use of local parks, playing fields, and playgrounds for fun and exercise.
Registration fees and sponsorships from the Sowebo Landmark 5K support the community in several ways:
- Proceeds are donated to organizations encouraging healthy habits and balanced nutrition amongst children, youth and families.
- The three beneficiaries designated for this year's event are: Southwest Baltimore Charter School, Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance and Chesapeake Center for Youth Development (CCYD), which is coordinating Docs in the Park activities.
- These interactive recreational events are held throughout the year and invite residents to gather regularly for fun outdoor activities in our neighborhood historic parks and combine the efforts of physicians and the resources of urban parks, recreation, and nature communities as a potentially powerful tool to combat health related issues.
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