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AlohaCare Monthly Check Up: Child obesity prompts youngsters to get healthy

Christy Inda Christy Inda
Anthony De La Cruz, Jr. Anthony De La Cruz, Jr.
Aikake De La Cruz Aikake De La Cruz
The De La Cruz family The De La Cruz family
Dr. Rio Banner Dr. Rio Banner

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Childhood obesity is such a big issue that First Lady Michelle Obama has made it her main mission. It's an even bigger problem here than on the Mainland so some new programs to fight the program are popping up.

Twice a week, kids work out and weigh in. It's a winning formula to fight childhood obesity.

According to Christy Inda, Director of Preventive Health for the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center "since 2004, 100 new kids join every year so we're getting the word out to promote physical activity."

17 year old Anthony De La Cruz is one success story for the Kid Fit program.

He says "in the past summer, my weight was 250. right now, it's currently 210."

Before, he was a couch potato.

In his words, he would "usually stay home, eat sleep and relax."

Now, Anthony gets his heart pumping-- by pumping iron with his younger brother.

They joined Kid Fit because of their dad.

When Anthony Senior was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, he decided to get healthy.

"He was like my idol" says proud son Anthony Junior. "To start out he was 300 pounds, he dropped to 220 now."

His dad has his Diabetes under control, but others haven't changed their ways.

'We see diabetic ages used to be 50, 60, 70" explains Dr. Rio Banner, Medical Director for AlohaCare. "Now, we see it in 20's even teenage years."

Dr. Banner blames the rise on childhood obesity.

"Approximately twice as many teenagers 10 to 18 years old would be considered overweight here compared to the mainland" explains Banner.

That's why programs like Kid Fit are so important because it's never too early to start taking better care of yourself.

Dr. Banner recommends an hour of physical activity daily for children.

Working out is half of the equation. You also have to eat better. That means more fresh fruits and vegetables, and less processed food.

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