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Students dance and sing to end diabetes.
By Priscilla Torres CONNECT
Local high school students are taking a stand against diabetes and childhood obesity by creating a program called “I-Conquer.”
They’re teaching youngsters how to stay healthy…through a little song and dance.
Saherish Surani, a tenth grader from Mary Carroll High School said, “Well, diabetes is really prevalent in our society.”
She along with several other students created the I-Conquer program.
“This is project I Conquer. We actually found it to increase awareness about diabetes and childhood obesity as well as teach children how to live healthier lives,” Surani said.
Showing kids eating healthy and exercising can be fun.
“Our mission is to create habits instead of changing them and we do this through puppet shows, Zumba dances, moves and then fun little jingles and songs,” Surani said.
Kindergarten students at Luther Jones are just one of the schools participating in the I-Conquer Program and it seems to be catching on.
“I was learning about if you eat junk food, you will, you can’t exercise and you’ll be lazy,” David Lee, a Kindergarten student at Luther Jones Elementary said.
Molly Gowan, another Kindergarten said she learned, “Apples make you smile. Carrots make your eyes look pretty and stuff.”
Surani says teaching kids at a young age will help them live a healthier life in the long run.
“So, we thought that this was very important. we’re geared toward 3 to 7 year olds because at this age, the children are like sponges. They absorb anything we can tell them,” Surani said.
So, if you too much junk food then…Kindergartner Molly Gowan says, “You won’t be healthy.”
CORPUS CHRISTI -Making better choices usually means living a better life. At least, that’s the thought which drives the people who lead the It’s Your Life Foundation.IYLF is a non-profit organization funded in partnership with local businesses, as well as physicians and local, regional and national foundations. Since its beginning with a tobacco education project for children and teens in 2005, the organization has reached in excess of 70,000 young people with more than 2,000 presentations delivered in schools across South Texas.Currently, IYLF is working to expand something called iConquer, a youth-driven project designed to combat childhood obesity and diabetes – two of the biggest health threats in our area.A recent study found that South Texas has the highest percentage of people being diagnosed with diabetes in Texas. About 52% of South Texans do not get the recommended amount of exercise and 76% do not get enough fruits and vegetables. It is said that 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will develop diabetes. IYLF would like to decrease that alarming number.Citing the study, Board President Dr. Salim Surani, MD notes, “If a child is obese between the ages of 3-5 years, then they are eight times more likely to be obese during their adulthood. Since habits are formed during these critical years in a child’s life, we plan to educate them with age appropriate techniques about healthy living habits. Rather than changing habits, we plan to help ‘create’ habits.”It’s Your Life Foundation is holding its 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk at Cole Park on Saturday, May 30th, to benefit the group’s Ante Tobacco and iConquer education programs. A registration form may be found at www.VfitProductions.com. To learn more about IYLF, visit www.ItsYourLifeFoundation.org.