A group of community leaders joined us at the offices of The Star yesterday afternoon to discuss next steps in the Our Big Problem series on obesity. We had a fast-paced hour discussing ways our community can wrestle with the frightening statistics that show Alabama is among the fattest states in the union. (And, yes, as our reporting has shown, the impact of this epidemic has huge implications for everyone, even the fittest among us.)
One big idea to address Our Big Problem is a competition pitting young people from various community centers, clubs, churches and so forth against each other. The aim is to make fitness fun by competition and encouragement. In broad strokes, the highlights include:
-- Competitors would compete against other teams in a series of athletic contests.
-- Prizes would go to the top finishers as well as those kids who showed the most improvement.
--- The event might be best compared to a big “field day” where multiple events would be happening at the same time.
-- Incentives – prizes, special events, special recognition – would be available for winning teams and individuals.
-- Our aim is to make this a fun event where boys and girls can encourage each other to get healthier.
So, that’s what’s on the drawing board. We talking about an annual or twice-a-year competition, perhaps hosted at McClellan, which has facilities for multiple athletic events.
Now it’s your turn to weigh in.
What do you think of this idea?
How can we make it better?
What athletic events would you suggest be a part of this competition? What about X-Games-styled events?
All ideas welcome.