The purpose of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is to raise awareness of the obesity epidemic that has swept our country.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in three children in the U.S. is overweight or obese, a statistic that is hard to believe.  The potential health repercussions are serious, such as diabetes, heart disease, and early obesity can cause children to experience these adult afflictions in an untimely manner.

The aim of Childhood Obesity Month is to raise awareness about obesity in our country and then encourage people to take action and make changes that will result in healthier life styles.  Improved diet and increased exercise are important influences in this quest, but healthy habits are not always easy to adopt.

However, since obesity is a multi-faceted problem, there are many things you can do to start making a difference and help the children in your life take charge of their health early on.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Prepare a healthy snack or meal with a child.  Working together in the kitchen is fun and they will appreciate your time and attention.
  • Take a child to a water park, roller rink or on another entertaining, but active, outing.  They’ll have such a great time, they won’t realize it’s exercise (and neither will you!).
  • Girl Scouts has partnered with First Lady Obama’s “Let’s Move!” Initiative , which builds on the Girl Scouts’ tradition of more than a century of promoting healthy living.
  • Help an older child get their bike and helmet tuned up and ready to roll.  Biking to school can be faster and more enjoyable than walking or getting dropped off by parents.

These small things will add up to healthier routines and can get the children in your life up off the couch and in charge of their health.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website has even more tips at: http://healthfinder.gov/nho/SeptemberToolkit.aspx

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