State Sen. Lou Correa Sponsors Soccer Clinic
Oct. 3, 2012
State Sen. Lou Correa recently joined Cal State Fullerton in sponsoring a soccer clinic for Orange County children. The Sept. 28 event, featuring players from both the men's and women's soccer teams, is held in observance of Correa's state Senate Concurrent Resolution 77, which dedicates the last week in September of each year as Childhood Obesity Prevention and Fitness Week.
Scores of children spent the afternoon playing soccer and exercising with Titan players and coaches during the second annual event, which was co-sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development and the Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention.
"The rate of childhood obesity has tripled in children and adolescents over the last three decades," said Correa, who received his bachelor's degree in economics at Cal State Fullerton in 1980. "It is so important that we, as a community, come together to fight against childhood obesity by committing ourselves to making an effort to prevent the devastating health outcomes that obesity can have."
Overweight children are at a greater risk of developing many health problems during childhood, including Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and other diseases. In California, 30 percent of children ages 10 to 17 years are overweight or obese, according to the Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County.