Our mission is to eliminate Childhood Obesity by raising awareness and developing programs that educate and inspire kids to live healthier, happier lives. Read More About the Foundation
The Jared Foundation is proud to partner with CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health). Together, the Jared Foundation & CATCH will combine resources to make a difference in the lives of children. Click for More Information
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245! That's how many pounds Jared lost years ago. That number inspired us to create an exclusive club. Donate $245 and you will be the next Jared Foundation VIP. Read More
Jared's Joggers is a new in-school fundraising program that encourages children to run to raise money for their schools' physical education programs. Join the movement! Become one of Jared's Joggers! Read More
Obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States. Today more than 5 million children between the ages of 6 and 17 years are overweight. Childhood obesity is a major public health concern. Studies indicate that at least 50 percent of obese children over age 6, and 75 percent of obese adolescents will become obese adults. Obesity related illness such as, Type II diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol lead to increased incidence of cardiovascular disease and death. This epidemic will create a tremendous burden to the nation's public health system.
Growing numbers of children today are eating convenience foods that are high in fat, sugar, and sodium in place of a balanced diet. This is compounded by a widespread decline in physical activity. Children today spend more of their free time in sedentary pursuits, sitting for hours in front of computers, television and video games instead of being engaged in outdoor and physical play.
Obesity has no boundaries, nor is it prejudice. It affects children in families of all socio-economic ranges, educational levels, and ethnic backgrounds, whether urban, suburban, or rural. Children and parents need practical tools and constant support to learn, practice, and make life-long healthy nutrition and physical exercise routine behavior.