Alsip, IL (PressExposure) February 01, 2009 -- While billions of dollars are being spent annually to study childhood obesity, millions of kids across the nation continue to drown in a sea of greasy, fatty, sugary foods and a lack of physical exercise. Children today are suffering from diseases conventionally seen only in adult populations including Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, low self-esteem and the poor performance that goes hand in hand with childhood obesity.
In the midst of all negative news, one national sporting goods distributor from the Chicago area has discovered and is introducing (through its catalog) a simple and low cost solution to childhood obesity in schools across America.
Kids Become Obesity Resistant
In the words of Dan Dunne, Vice-President of Palos Sports in Alsip, IL " We recently came across a strategy known as Operation Pull Your Own Weight. The key to this concept is the observation that people who can do pull ups are NEVER obese. Four years worth of elementary school testing has shown that if you start them young, there are very few kids who are unable to learn to do pull ups in a predictable amount of time. By mastering the ability to do pull ups, kids become functionally resistant to obesity as long as they maintain the ability. It's a simple concept that pays off tremendously." Dunne said.
A Program the Entire School Can Rally Around...
The mission of OPYOW according to its website is "To eliminate childhood obesity in one decade or less." And in the words of Palos Sports Marketing Manager Janice Jodlowski, "OPYOW is an affordable program that any Physical Educator, classroom teacher, or adult volunteer can coordinate in a school quickly and effectively. It's very easy for an entire school to get excited about and to rally around. This does not take the place of a school's physical education curriculum, it enhances it to the point where students participate enthusiastically."
Founded in 1957, Palos Sports is a distributor supplying physical education, recreation and athletic equipment to schools, park districts and youth organizations across the country.