Liz’s Story

My husband, Ruben and I had no idea that children could get “arthritis” until it happened to our daughter, Liz at the age of 2. Liz was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). She developed pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion in some joints. Liz also came down with inflammation of her left eye (Uveitis). While waiting for treatment, Liz was determined to walk. She would drag her legs to get to where she wanted to go. We could see that she had pain. Yet she clung to her God-given strength and “walked.”

In the midst of confusion, God reminded us of promises such as “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10). Our family fasted and prayed to hear God’s voice regarding treatment. God led us to combine natural and conventional medicine. Praise God, ten months later at our first Let’s Get Moving Kids event, Liz was able to run the 1/8 mile! She received her finisher medallion with a smile on her face!! God is good! It was worth all the hard work! In 2011, Liz inspired us to provide an event where kids and families can get excited about crossing the finish line too! Whether it is the 1/8 mile, 3K, or 5K there is a place for you.

Today, Let’s Get Moving Kids provides a platform to promote health awareness and active lifestyles. It encourages people of all ages to make a difference in their own lives and with the lives of the people in the community they are a part of.

Did you know…?:

  • The World Health Organization says that “over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016” (who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight).
  • “1 in 5 school age children and young people (6 to 19 years) in the United States has obesity” (gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm).
  • Childhood obesity is most prevalent among adolescents (12 to 19-year-olds) (cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html).
  • As per 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, the highest rank for overweight & obese among the 10-17 year-olds in 2016: Tennessee (37.7%), North Dakota (37.1%), Mississippi (37.0%), and Florida (36.6%) (childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/allstates?q=4568).
  • Childhood obesity may lead to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases & other disorders (http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/2249-4863.154628).
  • “Prevalence of overweight and obesity increased with age,” prevention is the key (Evensen, E., Wilsgaard, T., Furberg, A. & Skeie, G., 2016).
  • Collaboration between the parents, school, and community may have a positive impact in preventing/decreasing childhood obesity (http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3766-6). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.04.032; http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10900-015-0097-y).
  • Lifestyle programs have positive outcomes on health (https://www.chiphealth.com/Global/Publications/Shurney%202012.pdf
  • Wholistic lifestyle program, CREATION Health involves 8 principles of wellness: choice, rest, environment, activity, trust, interpersonal relationships, outlook, and nutrition (creationhealth.com).
  • Click here for Prevention & Lifestyle Classes for children/adolescents/adults.

 

Thank you for joining us. If you have a story, comment, or have any questions. Please contact us at LetsGetMovingKids@gmail.com or iglesiafc.com

Shirley Flores
FC Health Ministry