September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Now for the fifth consecutive year, American College of Sports Medicine is drawing attention to a problem that threatens the health and welfare of the Nation’s young people.

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.

But childhood obesity can be prevented. Families can make healthy changes together.

  • Get active outside: 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 video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

Follow this link for information and resources helpful to combat what is described as an epidemic of childhood obesity.

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