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Healing Touch Chiropractic spearheads "Fittin' Mittens" Campaign for youth

Healing Touch Chiropractic, West Fargo, is partnering with the West Fargo School District to address a critical need in local schools, taken for granted by most. Each winter, hundreds of our children face the cold weather without adequate winter attire.

"As the mother of a second grader, I hear of my daughter's classmates who are not able to participate at recess because they don't have enough winter wear," said Dr. Tiffany Johnson, Healing Touch Chiropractic. "I just couldn't accept that fact, so my staff and I decided we had to do everything we could to make sure something as basic as a pair of mittens or gloves was available for every child who needed them."

But it's not just about kids staying warm that makes this an issue for Johnson and her staff. Inactivity and poor eating habits contribute to obesity in children, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the past three decades the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for preschool children aged 2-5 years and adolescents aged 12-19 years, and it has more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years.

National guidelines recommend 150 minutes of physical activity each week for elementary children and 225 minutes for older children. Very few children actually get the recommended amount of physical activity each day. Winter weather makes meeting that recommendation even more difficult. "It is imperative that these children get enough exercise and social interaction and if they are not dressed properly, or the school does not have enough extra clothing, they are to remain indoors for their safety," said Johnson.

The "Fittin' Mittens" campaign has been established to address this need for winter essentials by collecting new and gently used, preferably neutral colored, winter attire for needy children in the West Fargo School District.

Donations for "Fittin' Mittens" are being received right now, with the winter attire being delivered to the schools November 18-20. A collection center has been established at Healing Touch Chiropractic's office at 158 West Beaton Drive, Suite 200, West Fargo, in the red Tri-County Insurance building just west of Bobcat Company.

"We are fortunate to live in such a caring community where the residents understand the importance of helping those in need. We know we can count on the support of the community to make it successful," added Johnson.

For more information on the "Fittin' Mittens" campaign, contact Johnson directly at Healing Touch Chiropractic, 701-893-3150.