Sioux Falls program targets obesity in youth

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) Jan. 2010

A Sioux Falls man is starting a nonprofit venture to battle youth obesity.

Aaron Maguire says Dakota Kids Inc. will help overweight and obese children from kindergarten through grade 12. The 12-week program will involve nutrition education and exercise, as well as body composition and strength tests.

Maguire is working with the United Way, Volunteers of America Dakotas, Native American tribes and after-school programs.

A recent survey in South Dakota schools found that 33.6 percent of children are either overweight or obese. State nutritionist Kristin Biskeborn says the state is working to combat childhood obesity. The Sioux Falls school district also is working to battle the problem.

 

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