#WellnessWeds: Grand Rapids Program Needs Volunteers to Help Combat Childhood Obesity

PlaygroundAlthough obesity rates among young people have been in decline lately, the numbers are still staggering. Nearly 17 percent of young people in America are obese, and it’s time that we start doing something about it. That’s where volunteering for Project FIT comes in!

This program was created by a conglomerate of organizations, including Michigan State University,  Grand Rapids Public Schools and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, in an effort to promote healthier lifestyles among Grand Rapids youth.

Project FIT’s latest endeavor is to build a complete fitness center in Grand Rapid’s Roosevelt Park. This center will provide 12 separate stations, all with their own unique fitness benefits. The program is in need of volunteers to help make this project possible.

Anyone interested in helping to put together equipment and signage would be providing a much needed service to the Grand Rapids community and its youth. Volunteers are needed on July 22 and 23, and registration information can be found here.

Project FIT is geared to be an integrated approach, focusing not only on the schools, but including the whole community, so the help of volunteers is an integral part of its success. Volunteering also has great personal benefits like helping you feel a part of the community, and fostering new skills.

Hopefully through projects like this one, obesity in Michigan, and America as a whole, can be curbed where it starts — early on in childhood. Volunteers in the community can help make this happen.

What do you think of the efforts of Project FIT to motivate young people? Are there any other great volunteer opportunities in Michigan that people should know about?

Photo credit: phalinn

Editor’s note: #WellnessWeds posts will appear each Wednesday, and the series kicked off last month. We encourage you to join the conversation and share your thoughts by tagging your health-related Twitter posts with #WellnessWeds or leave a comment here on A Healthier Michigan. You can check out the latest discussions on Twitter here.

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