The CDC reports that “about 1 of every 5 (17%) children in the United States has obesity and certain groups of children are more affected than others.” Childhood obesity is a major public health concern. Children who are obese are more likely to have obesity as adults, have increased risks of certain cancers and diseases and face lifelong physical and health problems.
As a community we can help fight this public health problem. Here are some tips to encourage healthier lifestyles among our youth!
- · Live a healthy lifestyle! By demonstrating healthy habits to children they will look up to your values and imitate them.
- · Support the federal government in helping low-income families get affordable, nutritious foods through programs.
- · Schools can help students be healthy by putting into action policies and practices that support healthy eating, regular physical activity, and by providing opportunities for students to learn about and practice these behaviors.
With the help of states, communities, schools and parents, we can work to shape a healthier generation for tomorrow.