Obesity is an epidemic in the African American community. It has been estimated that four out of five African American women are overweight or obese, and our children don't fare much better. African American children are more likely to be overweight than their white and Asian counterparts as early as age 4. There are many factors contributing to this, among them unhealthy eating habits and little to no recreation. Many elementary schools no longer offer physical education! If this trend continues, today's children are more likely to have medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, in their teens!
Vincent Ferguson, a US Navy veteran, author, motivational speaker and personal trainer from New York, has made it his life's mission to get our kids fit and healthy. In 1989, Ferguson created Body Sculpt of NY, a non profit health and fitness organization to educate children and parents about obesity and healthy alternatives in fitness and nutrition.
The organization uses certified fitness instructors to provide a range of fitness clinics throughout New York City, such as their Six Week Fitness Programs and childhood obesity prevention seminars. In 2004, Ferguson created the Children's Sports and Fitness Expo, a semi-annual event designed to provide children free access to a variety of sports activities and health screenings. Some of the many activities are fencing, archery, golf, tennis, double dutch, volleyball, and much more. The next Expo is scheduled for this June, and fundraising efforts are underway to support this event. On March 27, 2010, the organization will host its annual Walk-A-Thon for Children's Health at Prospect Park in New York as a fundraiser and to raise awareness about childhood obesity.
The organization has had numerous celebrities support their cause, and the ultimate goal is to host Expo events throughout the country. For more information on upcoming events and how you can participate, visit the website at http://www.bodysculpt.org/.