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Health organizations collaborate for a new initiative on childhood obesity

In Southern Illinois, some health organizations helped raise awareness about childhood obesity in a fun way. In Southern Illinois, some health organizations helped raise awareness about childhood obesity in a fun way.
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In Southern Illinois, some health organizations helped raise awareness about childhood obesity in a fun way.

During halftime of the S-I-U Women's basketball game Tuesday afternoon, children from the Thomas School in Carbondale danced to the "Cha Cha Slide," while holding up signs on how to stay healthy. 

“We just want our kids to get in good exercise and enjoy fun and healthy activities,” Thomas School Principal, Alicia Mitchell said. “It was a blast!”

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Jackson County Health Department and Southern Illinois Healthcare collaborated to help children learn more about the importance of healthy eating by remembering the numbers 5-2-1-0.

"You want to have five or more fruits and vegetables, limit your screen time to two hours, so that's TV or computer time, 1 hour of of physical activity and zero sugar sweetened beverages to help be healthy,” Director of Health Education at the Jackson County Health Department, Angie Bailey said.

This is the first year the three organizations have collaborated to promote 5-2-1-0 at a Saluki game. 

They plan on promoting the initiative at a men's basketball game in February.

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin decided to bring awareness about childhood obesity through a program called, “Adopt A School – Childhood Obesity Awareness Campaign.” 

Members of the association and their community partners adopted two schools in Southern Illinois, Thomas School Elementary and Carbondale Middle School. 

The Association stated that “Be Fit. Be Cool.” events have been held at both of the schools to educate students and parents about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

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