September is CHILDHOOD OBESITY awareness month in the U.S.
Adult obesity has repetitively been deemed one of the top killers of Americans; childhood obesity is an epidemic that we can use as a focal point of how to change the American culture and promote healthy youngsters, and in turn, healthier adults!
- Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. That’s 1:5 children!
- Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
- There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents.
How do we combat Childhood obesity? It’s this simple! ACTIVITY and DIET.
Building Bodeez Fitness Center (www.buildingbodeez.net) boasts that we are welcome to all ages, including children. We offer discounted rates for 13-17 year olds and enjoy having 12 and younger children accompany their parents during activity sessions.
Introducing your child to activity at an early age creates an everyday lifestyle that grows with the child. But remember, YOU MUST BE THE EXAMPLE! Turn off the TV, get outdoors, join recreational or school sports, eat of the land and not the factory, avoid fast food trips by planning family meals on Sundays, give your child healthy snacks for school.
Per the Center of Disease Prevention:
- Follow the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and limit media time for kids to no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality programming per day whether at home, school or child care.
- Visit child care centers or inquire with your school district to see if they serve healthier foods and drinks, and limit TV and video time.
- Work with schools to limit foods and drinks with added sugar, fat and salt that can be purchased outside the school lunch program.
- Serve your family water instead of sugar drinks.
- Provide appropriately proportioned meal options.
- Make sure your child gets physical activity each day.
Bring your child with you anytime to Building Bodeez. Join the BBB (Building Better Bodeez) program or Janine’s Nutritional Challenge (begin Sept 24) and receive detailed tips on how to engage your entire family in fun fitness and nutrition.
We must not think of active lifestyles as a chore, but rather — the ‘norm.’ Be part of the change needed to promote a healthier America.
Source: CHILDHOOD OBESITY. Retrieved online August 24, 2012 from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/index.html.