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SandBell sandbags vs. Childhood Obesity

May 24th, 2011

The Hyper Wear Staff was privileged to attend the premiere of Health Needs a Hero on Sunday, May 22nd at the Long Center here in Austin.

Health Needs a Hero is a powerful and inspirational documentary detailing the epidemic of our childhood health issues, told through the hearts of children and key stakeholders.  And it is fantastic.  Take a look as Jen Olson, the film’s director, tells a little more about the project.


In conjunction with the documentary, Ms. Olson started the PE3 foundation which incorporates mind, body, and spirit.   We would love to work with Jen in this worthy cause since SandBells are such an easy and natural fit for P.E. students.

From the PE3 website:

According to the Texas Health Institute (THI), one in three (35%) of Texas children – more than double the national average – are considered to be overweight or obese. Texas ranks 6th highest in the nation for obesity in 10 – 17 year olds.

Overweight children at 12 have a 75% likelihood of being overweight adults, in danger of serious medical issues. For the first time in 120 years, the life expectancy of Americans decreased in 2008.

The Texas Department of State Health Services estimates that if nothing is done, the number of overweight or obese adult Texans will continue to increase, growing from 10 million (63%) today to 20 million (75%) by 2040. In Texas, as in the US, obesity occurs at a much higher rate for African-Americans and Latinos than for Anglos; and within these populations, persons of low socio-economic status appear to be particularly affected.

We look forward to more interactions with Ms. Olson and PE3 and are proud to be on the front lines with such mighty warriors in the battle against childhood obesity.

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