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
Remember, you are a role model!
Parents are often the most important role models for children. When you choose to eat right and be physically active, your child will be more likely to make those choices, too. Plus, being active and preparing healthy meals together are great ways to spend quality time with your family.
Shawnee Health Service has a fun, educational way to get healthy as a family.
The MEND Program
Shawnee Health Service offers a unique program called MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!), an evidence-based healthy lifestyle program that empowers 7-13 year-olds, with the support of their families, to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
MEND does this by helping families change unhealthy attitudes about food and activity (Mind), keep physically active on a regular basis (Exercise), learn how to choose foods that are healthy, tasty and nutritious (Nutrition), and take action to maintain a healthy lifestyle – for life (Do It!).
For more information about the program, visit www.shawneehealth.com/services/mend.