Back to School & Obesity Awareness Month
One in 3 children or 25 million kids in the United States are considered to be at an unhealthy weight.
Childhood obesity puts young people at risk for many health problems issues that include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay and even heart disease.
It’s probably not a coincidence that obesity awareness month and the start of school coincide. The good news is the chronic diseases often associated with obesity are preventable. Below are just a few of many ideas that might promote healthy eating and physical activity with and for the young people in your life as they head back to school.
For Young People
- Eat breakfast
- Eat different foods every day
- High five! Eat at least five different fruits and vegetables every day
- More water, less sugary drinks
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Be active at least one hour every day, yes every day!
- Lead by example
- Encourage both strength and cardiovascular training
- Advocate proper nutrition
- Inspire kids to be kids and let them PLAY
- Support physical education and recreation programs
- As possible, avoid pre-made processed foods that are high in sugar, sodium, artificial flavors, and preservatives.
- Ensure that your local school’s Wellness Policy is enforced and includes parent feedback
- Provide quality Physical Education & Health classes
- Promote active recess and healthy food options
- Offer varsity as well as club sports so to engage a wider range of participants
- Adhere to your school’s Wellness Policy and Action plan
For the Community
- Ensure that your school’s Wellness Policy is enforced, get involved and actively be a part of the process
- Promote health awareness and the importance of exercise
- Provide safe walking and biking routes to schools and from after school and community programs
- Promote proper nutrition and appropriate food servings
- Maintain and expand local parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers
- Work together on common goals
We are looking forward to another Healthy and Happy School Year for all of our Tompkins County young people.
Source U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2012
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