September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
One in three children in the United States is now considered 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. Without immediate and sustainable changes, our future generation is at high risk for chronic, costly and most likely, debilitating medical diseases.
Everyone is encouraged to take part in an “awareness” campaign for better health. Get involved in your local communities, your neighborhoods, and your schools. Encourage a partnership that puts healthy eating habits and physical activity at the forefront of focus. Simple changes can make a significant impact on the health of our children and our nation as well.
Incorporating healthier eating habits (easier access to fresh fruit and vegetables instead of candy; water instead of sugar drinks) are easy to implement and maintain. Adding fun family based activities into daily lifestyles is also quite achievable. Bike riding, walks, basketball, swimming and other sports can add physical activity benefits with little changes in daily routines. Most mentioned activities are also cost effective (free!). One highly regarded recommendation is to limit “screen time”, getting children to go outside and play, instead of sitting for hours in front of a computer or TV screen.
Partner up with school officials or local health providers to gain further support in these endeavors, and help guarantee a healthier future for our children. Offer local health fairs, raise community awareness, and change the course of health for your child.