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Childhood and adolescence can be a tough time for a person socially, mentally and physically.

Add to the equation a weight problem, and the battle becomes even tougher.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, Sedona and Verde Valley residents will gather in Cottonwood to take a stand against childhood obesity by setting a good example for area youth.

Runners and walkers from all communities will participate in Fit Kids 5K Fun Run and 10K Autumn Dash, the second consecutive event.

A healthy body weight is the foundation for nearly every other aspect of a person’s life, particularly a child or teen.

Physically, being overweight causes health problems in all areas of the body from diabetes to stress on the heart and other major organs.

Often children who are overweight have less energy and drive to begin any sort of exercise routine further perpetuating the problem.

Mentally, extra weight can affect children’s self-confidence causing them to make poor friend choices, struggle in school or make other risky decisions.

The physical and mental aspects of obesity combine to further affect a child or teen’s health socially. They may isolate themselves from others or resist forming strong bonds with family or peers.

Fit Kids of Arizona isn’t willing to accept this lifestyle for any of the area’s children or teens, and it is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.

The fun run serves as an awareness campaign as well as a fundraiser for the organization’s programs.

An affiliate of the Verde Valley Medical Center, Fit Kids is some children and teens’ last hope at taking control of their lives.

The goal of the race and other promotional events is to intercept at-risk youth before they get to the stage where Fit Kids is needed.

Saturday’s race is meant to be a fun run encouraging people of all ages to get outside and move their bodies. People can walk or run, and there is no time limit.

Participants and spectators will also enjoy a festive atmosphere at Riverfront Park following the races where health information will be readily available.

The 10K starts at 9 a.m., and the 5K follows at 9:15 a.m. Runners and walkers can sign up prior to the race at or the day of from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Proceeds from race dues go to keep kids fit, so lace up your running shoes and head to Cottonwood for a fun Saturday morning jog through Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

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    It is absolutely right,due to obesity the children becomes quite lazy & loses the confidence.They becomes inactive.<br /><br />Obesity

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