Tricare encourages military kids to exercise

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

News Release

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The national “Let’s Move!” program works to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity through engaging every sector that impacts a child’s health. It provides schools, families and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better and get healthy. 

By observing Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September, Tricare is an active participant in the Let’s Move! program for military children. 

The Let’s Move! campaign reports that during the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and currently, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. One third of all children born after the year 2000 will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. 

Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.

Tricare knows it isn’t easy battling obesity. Weight loss occurs when calories consumed are less than calories burned. If children or adults consume more calories than they are burning, there is a good chance they will gain weight. Decreasing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity to burn more calories than consumed is the simple recipe for weight loss. 

For someone who is obese, staying committed to changing his or her diet may not be simple. Physicians and experts are in agreement that battling obesity involves a commitment to healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Having a support system is also important. 

For exercise and activities, check with schools for a list of programs. The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers a range of activities from team sports like basketball, baseball, music, dance, martial arts, gymnastics, swimming and more.

Learn more about Let’s Move! at and Childhood Obesity Awareness Month at Other resources for healthy lifestyles include:, and



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