The 2:1 Club - Introduction

21clubThe parents of today cannot raise their children as their parents did 30 years ago. Many things have changed and there are new obstacles. Years ago, children were able to go outside and play on their own, walk to school on their own, and had only a handful of channels to choose from on the television. Most parents were not concerned about their children becoming obese, overweight, or sedentary. The children were more physically fit due to the availability of daily activity. Move the clock ahead 30 years, and a major crisis is taking place.

"Poor diet and sedentary lifestyles kill 400,000 Americans a year and may soon overtake tobacco (435,000) as the leading cause of preventable death."

(CDC, March 2004)

Technology vs. Exercise

One of the major challenges parents are facing today is the technology available to their children. What makes technology great is the fact it makes our lives easier and sometimes more exciting or fun. However, this technology is contributing to a generation of sedentary children who really enjoy all these cool gadgets. So, the question arises when it comes to children's health: Is technology or exercise winning the battle with the obesity epidemic facing the children of the world? The 2:1 Club is a program that teaches children to give up some technology while increasing their exercise time. If you look at the pie chart on the top of this web site, you can see how exercise takes up only a small percentage of a child's day. The 2:1 Club's goal is to increase the 'blue' section of the pie chart. Go to the information page to see how you can combat this growing concern.

The Children

Children all over the globe are leading sedentary lifestyles. Reports out of The President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports have stated that 40% of all 5-8 year olds suffer from at least one risk factor for heart disease (physical inactivity, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure). The children's obesity epidemic prevalent in our society is a reality. Numerous resources state that children watch an average of 2-4 hours of television a night while they exercise less and less.

The Parents

The key to reducing childhood obesity is the parents. Parents need to monitor what their children do and eat every day. Taking a 'lax' attitude can prove to be very dangerous. Children must be educated on how to eat properly, exercise daily, play less video games, and watch less TV.