Quincy Kids Get Fit

The Florida Department of Health reports, in a 2001 survey, that more than 50 percent of youth do not participate in any physical education at school.

The Florida Department of Health reports that the prevalence of obesity is increasing in men, women and children of all ages and of all races, but some are doing to prevent becoming at risk.

Sharon Richardson cheers on her daughter Samone as she plays tee-ball at the Quincy Recreational Center. Samone is one of many children taking part in the center's evening activities. Sharon Richardson, said, “we're actually not an active family, but we starting to get active, she loves the sport and what ever she wants to do, I support her, this is her favorite sport.”

Johnny Randolph became the center's director back in November. He says the activities, which also include something for the adults, were created in part to bring the community together and to also help tackle issues of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Johnny Randolph, said, “we want to make sure our activities take into consideration our youth. We go all the way up to our adult program, and we want to make sure all activities are health related and activity conscience.”

The Florida Department of Health reports close to 32 percent of adult women, in Florida, are physically inactive, but Randolph says most of the women in this aerobics class have come to every session.

Twanna Parker, enjoys working out, “for me, it's health reasons to keep my self proportions right, because, I'm not going to say I'm a health fanatic, but I like to exercise to stay healthy.”

Officials in Gadsden County have recently acquired a $6 million grant to help research health disparities in the community.

Gadsden County has the third highest death rate for diabetes in the state of Florida.


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