Dr. Riba recently participated in an interview with Orange County United Way. She talked about the epidemic of childhood obesity and how we can turn things around for local youth by fostering a healthy relationship with food, encouraging active play and getting the whole family involved.
“The goal of Serving Kids Hope is to raise a healthier generation in Orange County and all over the country, promoting everyday wellness for our children. Our programs have an 80% success rate, so there is hope that these children will live longer lives without the diseases that are plaguing many of them today, such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Earlier mortality
- Increased depression and anxiety
- Impaired school performance
So what are the realistic solutions?
NO temporary diets! We must give people the nuts and bolts to make the right choices. Having a healthy relationship with food and fostering that in children is the key.
Get kids to exercise that is fun, motivating. And exercise is not just the kids – it’s beneficial for the whole family! We recommend 60 minutes of physical activity per day, which can be broken up to make it easier to fit into busy schedules.
Working with a wonderful organization such as United Way is great because they have so many partners in the community. They are amazing because not only are they able to fund programs like ours at SKH, they link us to resources within the community to teach them about what’s going on with childhood obesity.
Until we get all these kids treated, I’m not giving up. I want this epidemic behind us!”