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Miami Dade College Encourages Kids to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle with Diet and Exercise through the Muevete Program

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Miami, June 21, 2013 - Kids enrolled at the Wild Things Happen Summer Camp at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus will learn all about fitness made fun and healthy eating habits, in a special event on Wednesday, June 26. Students from MDC’s Benjamin Leon School of Nursing and the School of Continuing Education will make the campers aware of the importance of exercise, and the dangers of overeating.

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) designed and executed Muevete USA to raise awareness about childhood obesity and encourage Hispanic youth and their families to make and maintain healthy lifestyle changes, and access to healthy, affordable food.

“It is important to increase the awareness and solutions to one of America’s fastest-growing health issues, childhood obesity. This may well shape the future and cost of health care in America,” said Dr. Armando Ferrer, president of the Medical Campus.

Muevete USA drew its inspiration from First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. The NAHN program enlists nurses to educate families on the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity in the Hispanic community. According to the program, over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. Obesity may cause diabetes, and other chronic health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.

The Coca-Cola Foundation sponsors the program that now reaches 20 chapters, across the U.S.

“Our goal is to be part of the solution by making a positive difference in the lives of youth and families, and supporting programs that encourage physical activity, exercise, and nutritional education,” said Frank Ros, Vice President, Latin Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company. 

MDC Introduces Muevete USA to Kids Enrolled at Summer Camp

  • WHEN: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Kendall Campus’ Gym (Room G-208) 11011 SW 104 St.
  • COST: Free for Kids Enrolled in MDC's Wild Things Happen Summer Camp

For more information on Muevete USA, visit www.mueveteusa.org.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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