Move More Kids Community Conference 

Wall climbing, mountain biking, and healthy cooking – those are just a few of the activities taking place at the Move More Kids Community Conference.”We want kids just to have fun and to be active and be engaged in their communities. And in order to do that we need to provide them with the resources and the healthy nutrition they need to get their bodies moving,” said Megan Bloch, Charitable Programs Manager for New Balance.The conference focuses on childhood obesity, something that’s a big problem across the U.S. and right here in Maine.”The rates have doubled, tripled, quadrupled.. depending on the age group you’re talking about over the last 30 years,” said Elizabeth Nahar, Program Director of Children in Balance at Tufts University.Local family physician , Michael Lambke adds, “It’s very visible now. Not only in my office but just in my day to day experiences in school and on the playing fields where kids actually can’t play sports because they don’t have the physical capacity.”Another major issue of childhood obesity is the numerous health issues it can cause.”Increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and fatty liver which leads to liver failure. We’re seeing these issues now in children,” said Lambke. Folks attending the conference learned ways to get kids moving within the community. Lambke says a key ingredient is living a healthy lifestyle.”Eating at least five fruits and vegetables a day, watching less than 2 hours of television. Exercising at least 60 minutes a day, and avoiding all sugar sweetened beverages like soda and Gatorade,” said Lambke.The goal is to make this an annual conference. The eventual hope is that childhood obesity rates will shrink.”It took a community to get there, and it’ll take a community to change and reverse this trend,” said Lambke.