Teen Fit

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

Millions of teens are becoming a part of a serious problem facing this country: obesity. Now one program is hoping to have kids and their parents stop it before it starts. The program's goal is to get people to make a lifestyle change that will stick for the rest of their lives.

"It's frustrating to see girls that are tall and thin and knowing that I'll never be like that," said Teen Fit Student, Caitlin Canada. As a teenage girl, Caitlin Canada wants to be sure that she doesn't fall into bad eating habits and not being physically active.

So she, along with other teen girls, are getting involved with teen fit. But it's so much more than just figuring out what to do here in the gym. The girls and their parents get an opportunity to learn how to eat smart.

Caitlin's mom, Martha, says she wants to be help Caitlin get into these habits early. She thinks this program is helping her daughter and many like her. "I think that the more they do it, becomes less of a burden, and it's something they want to do and choose to do," said Martha Canada.

Nancy Mandville, director of the program, says given many family lifestyles, eating healthy isn't easy. Most families choose to be overscheduled, and it makes eating very challenging," said Nancy.

Caitlin hopes this experience helps so she doesn't fall prey to the national epidemic. "As long as I'm not really, overweight that will suit me," she said.

The teen fit program lasts six weeks. There's also a kid fit program geared towards six to twelve year olds.

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