Welcome to WOOT! (War On Obesity Today)
What IS WOOT?
WOOT! (War On Obesity Today) is Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit charity organization started in 2011 in Denver, Colorado that aims to cure childhood obesity and adult obesity and fight against its related diseases (including Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease) in poor, under-served and under-educated populations. Nationally, WOOT is a valued Community Partner in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Nutrition Communicators Network, and is a supporter of the President’s Challenge Program and PALA+ and of Let’s Move Faith & Communities.
In 2011, WOOT! (War On Obesity Today) began partnering with sports camps, churches and community organizations to encourage athletes, youth and adults to eat healthy and live active. Since 2011, we have adopted the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) and expanded the programs WOOTFit: WOOTFit Challenge, WOOT NutriFit, and WOOT Wellness Booth to encourage and youth and adults to eat healthy and live active while rewarding their efforts.
Every year we aim to engage more people in our programs and our have been productive in increasing participants, number of accumulated minutes of exercise and people who reach CDC-recommended goals for physical activity. With the creation of the new partnerships the WOOTFit Program is in demand and more people are needed to help run programs. To date we have helped 380 participants: 96 youth in programs, 223 youth not in programs, 44 adults in programs and 17 adults not in programs. Of these participants, 96 youth and 40 adults have reached CDC-recommended goals, logged 60,421 minutes of exercise, and lost a total of 95 pounds.
Where are we located?
WOOT proudly serves throughout the Denver Metropolitan area of colorful Colorado. Although Colorado has the lowest prevalence of obesity (21.0%) we are not exempt from the overall rise in obesity and the risk of poor health and disease, especially amongst those suffering from poverty.
We have located poverty-stricken “pockets” in in Denver, Arapahoe and Adams Counties – Northeast Denver (NED) area, Southeast Denver (SED) area and Original Aurora Plus (OAP) area – where we host our programs for children and their families. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Health Statistics Regions map child residents living in Denver, Arapahoe and Adams Counties are from families living on low incomes with high rates of childhood obesity ranging from 13.6 to 26.2 percent (2008 data). Research shows that many people do not seek assistance with health, nutrition and fitness because of the costs and fees associated with hiring professionals; we hope to appeal to this segment of people whom we know cannot afford those costs. The areas we service and some of the neighborhoods included are below.
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Learn the facts, read the stats: CDC Adult Obesity Statistics
What is happening around the nation? HBO and Kaiser Permanente teamed up to help us to better understand in: The Weight of the Nation
What is the difference between being overweight and being obese?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Overweight” and “obese” are both labels for ranges of body weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height (yielding a ratio called Body Mass Index or simply BMI). The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems.
Why is obesity a health issue?
Obesity can lead to adverse health conditions. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death (Overweight and Obesity: Data and Statistics, CDC)
Are you or your children really at risk?
Generally, most Americans are at risk of being overweight and obese due to lack of sufficient exercise (sedentary living), our poor cultural eating habits of fast-paced living combined with fast-food eating, and “yo-yo” dieting. A BMI that falls between 25.0 – 29.9 indicates a person is overweight and a BMI of 30 or above indicates a person is obese.
To calculate your or your child’s BMI, you can use the appropriate CDC BMI Calculator tools below:
For more information about BMI refer to the CDC Body Mass Index page.
How can you help?
War on Obesity Today (WOOT) is an organization that only relies on donations from fundraisers and various grants to serve our community. We are always in need of sports and fitness equipment and volunteers to aid the fitness portion of our programs. If you are interested in helping us please donate or Get Involved. Thank you for your continued support!
Thank You to ALL who contributed on Colorado Gives Day!