HANCOCK â€“ The health issues caused by obesity run deep, and with 17 percent of the nationâ€™s children and adolescents (ages 2-19) obese itâ€™s obviously an issue that needs addressing.
The Center for Disease Control said the rate of childhood obesity tripled from 1980 to 2009. Another recent study showed nine of Michiganâ€™s U.P. counties have an obesity rate higher than 30 percent. To help offset this problem in our area, the Portage Health Foundation is focusing on childhood obesity during the upcoming year.
â€œIn 2009, Michigan was home to the 10th highest percentage of obesity in the United States,â€ said Kevin Store, executive director of the Portage Health Foundation. â€œThis is becoming an epidemic, but itâ€™s something that we can work on together.â€
All proceeds from this yearâ€™s Portage Health Foundation Annual Spring Ball & Auction will go back to the community with a focus on curbing the trend of childhood obesity in our area.
â€œIf we can lower our percentage locally, it could pay huge dividends down the road as our children will live longer and healthier lives,â€ said Store.
The Portage Health Foundation, a charitable, nonprofit organization, was established in 1990 to support Portage Healthâ€™s mission and enhance quality healthcare for all who are served by Portage Health.
The foundation ball and acution is the foundationâ€™s largest fundraising event, and is scheduled for May 19. Registration is currently open, call (906) 483-1507 or visit portagehealth.org/foundationball for more information.