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The UMU and the City Council of Molina de Segura renew the agreement to develop the program `Health 5-10: healthy children, happy adults' This initiative has had the participation of a thousand students since its inception in 2013 (08/11/2018)

The University of Murcia, through the Faculty of Sports Sciences, and the City of Molina de Segura have signed on Thursday the renewal of the agreement for the development of the `Health 5-10: healthy children, happy adults' program, which celebrated since 2013

María Pilar Saiz de Baranda, professor of the Faculty of Sports Sciences and initiator of the agreement, explained that the program is aimed at children of the municipality of Molina de Segura from 5 to 10 years old who are obese and overweight and who do not usually develop physical activity.

The objective pursued is "to give them a sports offer to improve their health and alleviate problems in adulthood."

He has specified that around a thousand children have participated in the program since its creation, and that more than 50% have already achieved a healthy weight.

For its part, Esther Clavero, mayor of Molina de Segura, has shown, one more year, his gratitude to the University of Murcia for the signing of "an agreement that is so much for the child population of our municipality, promoting actions aimed at installing in childhood, health and sports habits ".

He has also expressed his satisfaction that a program like this one receives recognition as the `Sport Merit Award of the Region of Murcia 'in the category of R + D + i in 2014, or the` 2017 NAOS Strategy Award' from the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare of the Community of Madrid.

The UMU professor emeritus, Salvador Zamora, commented that "this agreement is very important, but it is even more important" because it is essential to work on the prevention of diseases that develop in adulthood as a result of bad childhood habits.

As he said, it has been shown that children who do not have good eating habits and sports in childhood have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in adulthood.

Programs like this one, that help in the prevention of these pathologies, are "a life insurance", he has expressed.

To finish, the rector has expressed his satisfaction for the good results obtained with the signing of this agreement since its inception;

example that "we are doing things well and good practices," he said.

Source: Universidad de Murcia

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