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– IEP –

Effective advocacy starts with educating yourself. Make sure you understand your child’s disability and learning style. Become knowledgeable about your child’s school program, and learn about your rights and responsibilities under the law. As a key member of your child’s Team, your goal is to work collaboratively with teacher and other professionals.

– Life Skills –

The Educational Life Council  at J.C.D. offers each youth and family the opportunity to find whatever they need, or at least get them pointed in the right direction. We believe youth/families should have access/exposure to the resources ready, and available all around them.

– Community Referrals –

At J.C.D. we don’t “compete” by duplicating services offered by neighboring programs. We’d rather refer youth and families to other community based programs offering services we don’t provide. In return, We embellish the greatness of our city, and the works of other organizations while creating a “win-win” for all involved.


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What is Childhood Obesity?

Childhood obesity affects more than 30 percent of children, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood.
Today, more and more children are being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension and other morbid conditions associated with obesity and morbid obesity.
A child defined  as “overweight” if their body mass index-for-age (or BMI-for-age) percentile is greater than 95 perfect.

Causes of Childhood Obesity

Although the causes of childhood obesity are widespread, certain factors are targeted as major contributors to the epidemic. Causes associated with childhood obesity include:


Today’s environment plays a major role in shaping the habits and perceptions of children and adolescents. The prevalence of television commercials promoting unhealthy foods and bad eating habits are large contributors. In addition, children are surrounded by environmental influences that demote the importance of physical activity.

Lack of Physical Activity

Children in today’s society show a decrease in overall physical activity. The growing use of computers, gaming consoles, increased time watching television and decreased physical

education in schools all contribute to children and adolescents living a more sedentary lifestyle. In the past, physical education was required on a daily basis. Currently, only 8 percent of elementary schools and less than 7 percent of middle schools /high schools have daily physical education requirements in the U.S.

Hereditary and Family

Science shows that genetics play a role in obesity. it has been proven that children with obese parents are more likely to be obese. Estimates say that heredity contributes between 5 to 25 percent of the risk for obesity.

Dietary Patterns

Over the past few decades, dietary patterns have changed significantly. The average amount of calories consumed per day has dramatically increased, yet the quality of nutrients needed for a healthy diet has decreased.
Socioeconomic Status
Children and adolescents that come from lower-income homes are at greater risk of being obese. Lower income children cannot always afford to partake in extracurricular activities, resulting in a decrease in physical activity. Educational levels also contribute to the socioeconomic issue associated with obesity. Parents with little to no education have not been exposed to information about proper nutrition and healthy food choices

– With these causes in mind –

We’re delighted to present “Get Fit” afterschool workouts (Coming Soon)

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Books That Changed The World

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