A new study commissioned by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation finds that nearly 40 percent of children in Rochester are overweight or obese. Area afterschool programs, including the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, are using the findings to help create a healthier culture for children and youth. “We never paid attention to how overweight someone was. Now the staff is looking more closely for kids who are heavy for their height and whether theyre getting involved in physically active options,” Director Dwayne Mahoney told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The Club now offers a healthy cooking class and has increased physical activities.
This story originally appeared in the Afterschool Advocate (Vol. 10, Issue 2).