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September is National Childhood Obesity Month

on September 17, 2013

water kidOne in three children and teenagers in the U.S, more than 23 million, are obese or overweight.  One third of children and teenagers are at risk for Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.

Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obesity and weight gain are tied to diet and exercise.  Working hand in hand, finding a healthy balance of both are beneficial to kids and adults.

Here are three steps to get and keep your kids (and families) healthy for good:

1. Be physically active!  Don’t set yourself up to fail.  Promising to work out 30 minutes every day when you normally don’t can be hard.  Start with an after-dinner walk as a family, park your car far away from the store, find a neighborhood playground and create an obstacle course for the whole family.

2. Drink WATER.  All day, during activities, with meals.  Make it fun with slices of cucumber, oranges or strawberries.  Make this the primary beverage your family drinks.  Everything else is occasional.

3. Start the day with a healthy breakfast.  Smoothies, muffins, whole grain waffles.  Check out more ideas here.

For more ideas, see our post from this time last year.  Good ideas, not fads, stand the test of time.

SOURCES:

http://www.healthierkidsbrighterfutures.org/about/

http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/09/national_childhood_obesity_awa_1.html

http://www.healthfinder.gov/NHO/Septembertoolkit.aspx

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