As one of the main interests of Denver, education plays a major role in this city as well as every other city in the US. The type of education that Denver concentrates on is not just in schools and universities. Many times, this city organizes summits and conferences about critical subjects that touch peoples’ everyday lives where many specialists and experts come and share their opinion, discoveries and point of views with Denver’s citizens.
Childhood obesity is considered as one of the biggest problems which Denver, Colorado and the rest of the country faces. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has compiled some statistics about this issue. The result was that 27.2% of Colorado children aged between 10 and 17 years are obese, while the nationwide number is 31.6%. These statistics are considered very threatening and alarming. This is why Denver organized a summit where members from 5 Denver communities as well as the Surgeon General of the United States attended.
In order to fight this phenomenon, the City of Denver invited every person living or working in these neighborhoods to attend: Northeast Park Hill, Greater Park Hill, East Montclair, Northwest Aurora, Stapleton, as well as members of the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences campus. The summit took place at Johnson and Wales University, Jared Polis Auditorium, 7150 Montview Blvd in Denver on Saturday, February 5, 2011.
This summit hosted many well-known speakers such as the U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, and the Colorado’s Director of Health Reform Implementation, Lorez Meinhold. These well-known figures discussed how obesity being the problem of the age, and how to prevent it from happening to our children. Dr. Regina Benjamin thinks that neighborhood involvement and support plays a major role in solving this problem.
All participants in this summit learned how to deal with this problem according to a study about children obesity done by 2040 Partners for Health, which is a non-profit organization that works on improving various health issues by using community-based participants.
According to a study done by the Center of Disease Control, there was been an increase from 5% to 10.4% in obesity among children aged between 2 and 5. These statistics were taken between 1980 and 2008. The Center has found also that 1 out of 7 pre-school aged children in low-income groups are considered obese.
According to Dr. Regina Benjamin, parents play a major role in preventing their children from becoming obese. This issue is considered a top priority for many health organizations because of the risk it can produce to children from high blood pressure to high cholesterol, so parents must be careful in handling and dealing with this issue by ensuring that their children have a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise.