Are asthma and obesity the only choices for Atlanta children?

Children in Atlanta face the dual challenges of obesity and asthma. Laura Seydel asks if our children really have to make that choice. 

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta reminds us that asthma is the No. 1 reason children are admitted to its Atlanta hospitals, and these occurrences increase on smoggy days.

In 2010 we also learned Georgia has the second-highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation. The reasons are tied both to eating and to physical activity — too much junk food and not enough active time.
As parents, we want the best for our children — unstructured playtime outdoors, time spent in nature, plenty of fresh, healthy Georgia-grown foods, and as little as possible of the pollutants and toxins that can wreak havoc on their young bodies. Can we have it both ways in Atlanta? Can we get our kids active outside, take family nature walks, play sports — and stay away from nasty car and truck exhaust and avoid smog?

The answer may be yes. Check out the article


About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group ( Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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