The Cutting Edge: Local Family Gets Active, Changes Diet

5:56 PM, Sep 6, 2011   |    comments
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First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Initiative has teamed up with the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity and created a nation-wide goal: get the obesity rate down to 5% by 2030.

That will be a tall order for Georgia which has the second highest childhood obesity rate among all according to a report from the Trust for America's Health and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Georgia Department of Community Health says we spend $2.1 million on obesity-related hospitalizations of children each year.

Sherri Moore, a mother of two in Macon, said it's up to parents to arm their kids with the knowledge to turn the trend around.

"One you make up your mind and become informed," she said, "and you understand exactly what you want to do for yourself and your family. Once you make that choice, you follow the path and get it done."

Moore's children, 8-year-old Alyssa and 9-year-old Aiden Stewart, became vegetarians about three years ago when they saw their mother make those dietary changes.

"I had cooked them a turkey burger, and they were like we don't want that, we don't eat meat any more. I thought they were joking at first, but it's been like that ever since then," Moore said.

Aiden Stewart said they've pretty much cut out things like hamburgers, hot dogs and candy from their diet.

"When we started, I loved bacon. But we watched this movie called Food Inc., and it took me until I watched that show to stop eating meat."

But the Stewarts say its not just about eating healthy, it's about moving with a purpose. That's a catch phrase they learned at One Lyfe Kids, a fitness education program for kids through the One Lyfe Gym in Macon.

Shon Hackett, the owner and fitness instructor at the gym, said she hopes to spark anew trend of healthy living with the program.

"I think starting with the little ones like we were here doing today, taking it to the homes and then it can spread, because it's just very hard to tap into people," she said.

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