Published: Sep 20, 2012 6:31 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 20, 2012 10:26 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and a group of parents in Cape Coral are joining together to help battle childhood obesity through several different programs.  It started with the creation of a morning walking club and now more parents and students are getting involved.

Wendy Hearyman, the P.E. teacher at Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary School lanuched the "Mileage Club" at the end of the last school year to get kids up and walking early in the morning.  The kids now show up before school, walk and chart their steps with pedometers, and then add up the distance as they try to walk their way to Disneyland in California.

As the mileage club grew, parents helped volunteer to watch the kids in the morning.  One of those parents, Guy Barbary is hoping to continue to help educated the kids about the dangers of the growing obesity problem around the country.  Barbary and other local therapists are creating a program called T.U.F.F.-Kids (Therapists United For Fitness).  Barbary says the program is meant to compliment the First Lady's "Let's Move" campaign.  You can find out more at

Also, to encourage the kids and parents to stay fit, a 5K run/walk is scheduled for October 20th at the school.  The "Christa Gets Fit" 5K will wind through the streets around the school and Jim Jeffers Park.  It starts at 5:00 p.m.  To find out more about the race, go to the "Christa Gets Fit" registration website.