Friday, September 2, 2016

National Childhood Obesity Month



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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. 

The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and move more. Make a difference for kids: Spread the word about strategies for preventing childhood obesity and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
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How can National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month make a difference?
We can all use this month to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic and show people how they can take action toward a solution - both at home and in the larger community. Here are just a few ideas:
  • Encourage families to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit within their children's reach or going on a family walk after dinner.
  • Make schools healthier by providing quality nutrition and making sure physical activity is a part of every student's day.
  • Support programs to prevent childhood obesity.
Eating fruits and vegetables provides many health benefits. For example, people who eat a healthy, balanced diet - including plenty of vegetables and fruits - can lower their risk for some chronic disease, like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. However, most of us don't eat enough fruits and vegetables:
  • Only 1 in 3 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
  • Only 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.
The good news? Communities, teachers, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Make a difference: Spread the word about tips for healthy eating and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can Fruits & Veggies - More Matters Month make a difference?
We can all use this month to raise awareness about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Here are just a few ideas
  • Encourage families to make small changes together, like keeping fresh fruit within their children's reach or fresh cut carrot sticks in the fridge.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods
  • Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park. 
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing videos games) to 2 hours or less a day. 
Get Involved and take action to increase awareness about childhood obesity. 

1. Host a community cleanup event to help make a neighborhood park safer for children to be active.

2. Promote farm-to-school programs (http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farmschool) and school gardens. Encourage schools to join the HealthierUS School Challenge (http://www.fns.usda.gov/hussc/healthierus-school-challenge). 

3. Host a community fitness event where families can get active while learning about local health and fitness resources. 

4. Set an example by talking with family members and friends about eating healthy, getting enough physical activity, and limiting screen time. 

5. Share resources from Let’s Move! (http://www.letsmove.gov/resources) with local health clinics and community centers. 



Small Changes Make BIG Differences!!

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