January meeting to combat childhood obesity in KCK

Kansas City Kids Obesity Project is holding a town hall meeting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at Jack Reardon Civic Center, 500 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The meeting is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The meetin'gs purpose is to discuss and find ways to solve the problem of childhood obesity and its causes, poor eating habits and inactivity.

The event will bring together children, pediatricians, chefs and fitness experts to discuss child obesity and educate participants about its dangers, especially for 9- to 13-year-olds. Presenters will describe simple things children can do to lower their risks for obesity, such as drinking more water and fewer soft drinks, playing outdoors more, and spending less time with computers and televisions.

In Jackson County, 16 percent of 5- to 20-year-olds are overweight, and 27.3 percent are obese, according to a WIC study.

Registration is required and limited to the first 300 persons. To register, call (816) 983-6908. Registrations must be received by Jan. 22.

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