Disturbing Study Sparks New Program at Local School
Beaverton, OR (PRWEB) October 9, 2006
Local martial arts school Urban Warrior Incorporated has responded to a startling new series of studies that indicate an overweight child rates his or her life as low as that of a young cancer patient. The school’s new Martial Arts Fit Kid program helps kids get healthier with a combination of martial arts, fitness and personal development training. “I read that study and it hit me that we are in a great position to help these kids,” said Scott Buendia, the school’s owner. “For one, we’ll help them lose weight, which is the most important aspect for their physical and mental health. But, let’s face it; learning martial arts greatly reduces the threat of bullies.”
According to three separate studies, overweight children are far more prone to be bullied and stressed. The results in a study of 5,749 Canadian youngsters echo data from British research and follow a U.S. study published last year in which obese children rated their quality of life as low as young cancer patients’ because of teasing and weight-related health problems.
Buendia says, “Heavy kids tend to isolate themselves because of the fear of being picked on. Then their world becomes food and TV. That makes the problem worse. We have a safe, protected environment at this school. They will not be picked on and they will gain confidence, as they get fit. That’s why we call it the Martial Arts Fit Kid Program.”
Urban Warrior Incorporated is located at 12570 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton, OR 97005 (inside the Portland Community Ballet). For information call the school at 503-548-3618 or visit their website at http://www.urbanwarriorinc.com.
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