Mexico ranks first worldwide in childhood obesity. This is a critical risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and high mortality rates. In the state of Chihuahua, the state with the highest rate of obesity, where 30% of kids between 5-11 years are overweight, people consume a large amount of sugary drinks and lack physical exercise. If we continue this way, the current generation of children will live 5 years less than their parents.
Yo quiero Yo puedo facilitates the development of skills and knowledge about nutrition and the benefits of physical activity, so that people can make informed and responsible decisions about their health, each community member becoming an agent of change. Through workshops for teachers and interactive conferences for parents, this program develops skills, provides knowledge and empowers people to make better decisions regarding their health, starting from childhood.
The program is showing good results in the promotion of life skills, with children and their families learning to take care of themselves and improving their eating habits. Besides, other conditions in schools are improving, such as bullying, peer-to-peer relationships and self-esteem. Our previous work has shown that as a result of the program, kids and parents will, on average, increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables by 35% and increase their knowledge of healthy nutrition by 26%