The Get America Fit Foundation (GAFF) is a non-profit charity providing education, as well as recreation and fitness equipment for under funded schools so America's youth can stay active, learn how to respect their bodies, and live long and healthy lives.
Together we have the power to make America
healthier and stronger while helping kids live better lives!
"$117 can provide a school with enough sports and exercise equipment to keep dozens of kids active and healthy for an entire school year!" - Dr. John Spencer Ellis - CEO, Get America Fit Foundation
During the past 20 years, obesity among adults has risen significantly in the United States. The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults 20 years of age and older—over 60 million people—are obese.
This increase is not limited to adults. The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Among children and teens aged 6–19 years, 16 percent (over 9 million young people) are considered overweight.
These increasing rates raise concern because of their implications for Americans’ health. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including the following:
Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
Type 2 diabetes
Coronary heart disease
Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
Although one of the national health objectives is to reduce the prevalence of obesity among adults to less than 15%, current data indicate that the situation is worsening rather than improving. The objective of the Get America Fit Foundation is to help people understand this serious health issue and the efforts being made to address it. Through private donations, we are making a difference.
You can be part of most effective foundation to generate a dynamic impact on the lives of so many kids that need and deserve our help. Right now we're recruiting individuals, families, businesses, fitness professionals and health care specialists to help us make a stand against obesity and chronic disease that can be eliminated through proper lifestyle choices. We are determined to "Get America Fit"!
Another important reason to stop the obesity epidemic among children is the frequent correlation between a child's obesity and being a victim of bullying at school and online.
Some obese children have to deal with more than just losing their excess body weight. They arefrequently teased at school, often unmercifully, because of their obesity. Over time, thishurtful taunting can take an emotional toll on any kid, particularly as they lose friends and their self-esteem. Some of these children eventually dread going to school at all. In fact, research shows that children who are bullied are more likely to skip going to class; some even drop out of school altogether. The end result can be a child who turns into an adult with fewer lifetime opportunities.
It all starts with helping kids improve their health, gain self-esteem, and learn to enjoy sports, fitness and good nutritional choices.