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September is Childhood Obesity Month

Fitness, Body, Epidemic, Kids' Health

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, Adventist Health 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.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight!

Helpful Resources

The American College of Sports Medicine | National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Sponsor

How Much Physical Activity Do Children Need? | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

8 Healthy Eating Goals | The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Tips for Getting Active with Your Family | National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

MyPlate Kids’ Place | United States Department of Agriculture

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