NAACP holds walk to end childhood obesity

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Dozens of folks are rallied today, to put an end to childhood obesity here in the Stateline, and nationwide.

The NAACP Rockford Branch Held their annual five-k run and walk at Searls Park, in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles. The event also included education on the issue of the childhood obesity. Organizers say the number of kids suffering from the effects of obesity is startling and they hope the walk promotes change.

"A healthy community is a happy community. We have what we call the five game changers of the NAACP. Health and wellness is one of our initiatives and we just wanted to address that concern of unhealthiness and obesity in our country and in our city," says NAACP Rockford Branch President Dion Simpson.

The NAACP also teamed up with Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority for this event.

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