Lorna Kleidman Promotes Exercise to Lower Alabama Obesity Rate

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According to an article published by the San Francisco Chronicle, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported an obesity rate of 36.1 in Alabamian children. Lorna Kleidman, in an effort to help improve the health of children, encourages parents to get active with their families with exercise and healthy living.

On December 5, Lorna Kleidman responds to an article published by the San Francisco Chronicle which reports that Alabama is reevaluating physical fitness in public schools due to high obesity rates. In the article, the National Conference of State Legislatures reports that the childhood obesity rate in the state is 36.1.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the state of Alabama designed a new fitness program titled the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment in an effort to focus on physical fitness. The San Francisco Chronicle reports, “The new fitness assessment, which replaces the old President's Challenge Fitness Test, is narrower than past standards, measuring four areas of physical fitness: aerobic cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, abdominal strength and endurance and flexibility.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “childhood obesity has tripled in the last three decades. About a third of children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that “[under] the new standards, students will receive two assessments per year and parents and students will be informed of results. Data collection about fitness will be improved as physical education teachers will have to enter the information into the state's iNow data management system.”

Lorna Kleidman, a trainer of kettlebell exercises, responds to Alabama’s new program as the first of many steps. “Fitness does not end with gym class. Fitness carries on outside of school and into the homes of children everywhere,” comments Kleidman. “Parents, in an effort to help their children beat the growing rates of obesity, should be working together with their children to promote enjoyment of a healthier lifestyle and exercise program to get into and keep in shape.”

Lorna Kleidman is a Three-Time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovated methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy to use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.

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