Recent studies have shown that children today are not expected to outlive their parents. “Because…individuals are reaching a higher prevalence of obesity earlier in their life course, they are experiencing a greater cumulative exposure to excess weight over their lifetime, which will likely have profound implications for future rates of obesity-related chronic diseases and mortality within the US population.” Unhealthy lifestyles are the main contributing factor of this disturbing trend. According to the CDC, obesity rates in children and adolescents have tripled since 1980. With one-third of adults and seventeen percent of children and adolescents qualifying as obese, the financial cost is incredible. As of 2008, $147 billion was spent on medical care costs due to obesity.
As a way to create positive change in the health of Arizona families and reverse the current trend, the Naturopathic Advocacy and Community Awareness Team (N-ACT) of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) is hosting the 1st Annual “Tempe Family Fun Run & Walk.” The event will take place on Saturday, May 12th at 8:30am and will include a 5K and health vendor fair, as well as family-friendly entertainment.
N-ACT is a student-run organization that was created in 2003 and is dedicated to furthering naturopathic medicine through public awareness efforts. The majority of N-ACT’s funds is used for public awareness events that help students educate the general public about naturopathic medicine, particularly it’s effectiveness and safety in treating chronic disease, including obesity and obesity-related diseases. We hope that education and leadership training will lead to licensure of naturopathic medicine in all fifty states, which is necessary in order to protect the public from unqualified individuals who practice or use the title of naturopathic doctor without having completed the intensive medical training offered at an accredited school.
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The Naturopathic Advocacy and Community Awareness Team is a student run organization at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, which is a tax-exempt organization as described under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax ID Number: 86-0702049