According to Child Health Data, in 2007, over twenty-eight percent of youth aged 10-17 years old in Hawaii were identified as overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that, if left untreated, could lead to other health challenges such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression.
Improving a child’s diet and exercise habits is one of the best things that can be done in order to combat obesity as well as protect the health of the child now and in the future.
The N.E.W. Keiki program is Hawaii’s only family-based multidisciplinary intervention program targeting children and adolescents. Created in collaboration with the YMCA of Honolulu in 2012, the program teaches keiki and their family about nutrition, healthy home environments, fitness, medical co-morbidities, mental health and family support issues.
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