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Ft. Myers Mayor Helps Promote Awareness Of Childhood Obesity

Ft. Myers Mayor Randy Henderson is taking part in the United States Conference of Mayors campaign to help end childhood obesity.  The mayor recorded a PSA to help raise awareness of the issue.

“Do you know that one in six children in our country is obese? Being overweight puts kids at risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and many other diseases.  Let’s encourage kids in Ft. Myers to engage in healthy, balanced lifestyles,” the PSA reads.

Mayor Henderson goes on to encourage adults to get active with their kids to set a good example.    

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month. According to numbers from the United States Conference of Mayors the rate of childhood obesity has increased four-fold in the last four decades. 

Valerie Alker hosts All Things Considered. She has been a Reporter/Producer and program host at WGCU since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Southwest Florida and has also produced documentaries for WGCU-TV’s former monthly environmental documentary programs In Focus on the Environment and Earth Edition. Valerie also helps supervise WGCU news interns and contributes to NPR programs.