Summer Martial Arts Study focuses on childhood obesity - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/4/10

TTUHSC summer martial arts study focuses on childhood obesity

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Now, the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center is studying the effects on kids that are using martial arts as a form of exercise and weight control.

Tuesday, our guest on HealthWise at Five was Dr. Leslie Shen, Ph.D., who is an associate professor for the School of Medicine at TTUHSC. She tells us that this summer program should do much more than just help kids learn a new fun way to get fit. They're studying to see if martial arts can also improve self-esteem and help kids sleep better.  

This is a free research study on martial arts for overweight children that will meet for 90-minutes a day, every weekday for four weeks during the summer. Any child with a weight concern that is between the ages of 6 and 11 is invited to attend.  

To learn more about class times and to see if your child qualifies, please call (806) 743-2815.

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