Children who are inactive have a tendency to gain 3-4 pounds during their summer break.
"Across the board fifth- through seventh-graders are the highest single group that are not involved in summertime activities, and have a tendency to gain weight," Lois Moss MD said.
Nearly one-third of children aged 6-19 years are considered to be at risk for being overweight or are considered overweight.
In Clay County, girls and boys are equally divided in regards to weight gain.
According to study from The Center for Health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, osteoporosis and some cancers are major risk factors from a child being overweight.
Moss said to not let children become a "couch potato," and get them outdoors to take a walk, ride a bike, or go swimming and away from the TV or computer and it will lead to a healthier child.
Another risk for children that are overweight is the on-set of asthma.
The YMCA is implementing a new program known as CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) in the 2008 summer program.
"This program promotes physical activity, healthy food choices and prevents tobacco usage," Chad Zaucha said.
CATCH encourages changes in a child's behavior that will support healthy eating and physical activity patterns.
"Children need to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water and avoid the empty calorie foods like chips, soda and candy," Lynn Stoelting, Clay Community School Nurse said. "Kids snack too much."
Alternatives to soda are Crystal Light and low calorie lemonades, which are okay, but water is still the best according to Moss.
"There is a national trend. Overall, childhood weight is increasing and we need to do something about it now," Moss said, "Or we will be in trouble with an overweight society."
For more information on the YMCA summer program, contact 442-6761 or Dr. Lois Moss, 443-7605.