The WPA was founded to bring unity to a fragmenting industry by working hand-in-hand with existing organizations where applicable and possible, and fostering a greater sense of community across the board through sporting events, charitable activity and community outreach
According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is now the “No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking.”1
Pediatric obesity is now of epidemic proportions in the United States. affecting more than 30 percent of children, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood causing a broad range of health issues that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. 2 These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression and at this current rate, it is believed that our current generation will be the first in American history to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
The World Physique Alliance is working to address these issues and help to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by equipping young people with the skills, knowledge and encouragement to live healthy and fit lives through youth engagement.
1 “Overweight in Children” American Heart Association. Web. 5 July 2016.
2 “What is Childhood Obesity?” Obesity Action Coalition Web. http://www.obesityaction.org/understanding-obesity-in-children/what-is-childhood-obesity
WPA Youth Engagement
The ACT for Youth Center of Excellence has identified five principles of positive youth development. The World Physique Alliance utilizes tools that:
• Focus on strengths and positive outcomes. Rather than taking a deficit-based approach, communities intentionally help young people build on their strengths and develop the competencies, values, and connections they need for life and work.
• Youth voice and engagement. Youth are valued partners who have meaningful, decision-making roles in programs and communities.
• Strategies that involve all youth. Communities support and engage all youth rather than focusing solely on “high-risk” or “gifted” youth. Communities do, however, recognize the need to identify and respond to specific problems faced by some youth.
• Community involvement and collaboration. Positive youth development includes but reaches beyond programs; it promotes organizational change and collaboration for community change. All sectors have a role to play in making the community a great place to grow up.
• Long-term commitment. Communities provide the ongoing, developmentally appropriate support young people need over the first 20 years of their lives.
2 “Principles of Youth Development: Act For Youth Web. http://www.actforyouth.net/youth_development/development
WPA Youth Hosted Forums
WPA Youth-hosted forums provide the platform for youth to lead and participate in discussions that help to solve problems that affect them and their communities. They provide an environment in which to foster youth development, build skills, provide necessary tools and create youth-adult partnerships.
Youth hosted forums allow young people to engage with peers, parents, decision-makers and leaders in their schools and communities. They empower youth to shape and design healthy eating and physical activity programs that truly meet their needs and are more likely to be embraced and utilized.
For a list of Youth-Hosted forums visit our schedule at: worldphysiquealliance.com
Interested in becoming a Youth Advisory Board member? Contact us at: email@example.com
WPA Youth Advisory Board
WPA Youth Advisory board members serve as thought-leaders and spokespeople on living drug free, healthy lifestyles and influencing positive changes in their schools and communities to support their mission.
They advise staff on program development and youth-engagement activities as well as-participating in local and national events, conducting research, meeting with health-education experts, engaging with community leaders, and addressing their peers.