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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 5, 2018

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

One in 5 children in the United States are 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 is that childhood obesity can be prevented.  

In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Shawnee Health Service encourages your family to 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.

  Help your child – and your whole family – eat healthy and stay physically active. The healthy habits your child learns now can last a lifetime.  

What can I do to help my child stay at a healthy weight?

Help your child stay at a healthy weight by balancing what your child eats with physical activity. Two of the best ways to help your child stay at a healthy weight are to:  

  • Help your child and family eat healthier foods
  • Be more physically active as a family

 

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