9Health Topic of the Month for September 2014: The Healthy Child
It’s time to take action to set children up for success this school year. You child’s health is everything. Beginning September 13, bring your family to a 9Health Fair near you
. Take advantage of free child health screenings, learn new ways to be active as a family, discover local resources of information, and much more. Most fairs are open 7:00am to Noon, run each weekend through November 8, and offer all of the free and low-cost adult screenings
you have come to count on as well.
More than one third of all children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Seventy percent of those already have at least one risk factor for heart disease such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Diabetes and Pre-diabetes are also discovered now more in children than ever before. We cannot change our genes, but helping and teaching children about eating healthy and getting adequate physical activity each day will go a long way to balance calories going in with calories going out.
Tips for Healthy Family Routines:
- Plan a Healthy Menu: Before grocery shopping, plan meals for the week as a family. When kids participate in healthy food decision making, they are more likely to help prepare and eat foods they helped choose. Keep an eye on portion sizes. Use smaller bowls and plates to keep from overeating. Don’t forget to start off each morning with breakfast so kids and adults alike feel full longer and ready for the day’s activities.
- Healthy Snacks: Think color! Choose a variety of colorful fruits and veggies to get all the necessary nutrients. Replace the candy dish with a bowl of fresh, washed produce in an easy to reach place for children. Watch out for fruit juices. They contain much more sugar and less fiber than their whole fruit counterparts.
- Physical Activity as Part of Your Family Routine: Walk the dog together, play tag, park further away from a destination; anything that gets the family moving counts! Work activity into your every day routine by scheduling it, set family goals, be flexible, and share with friends and family to keep up momentum. Reduce screen time to no more than two hours per day (not counting homework) and make screen time active time by stretching, doing yoga poses or challenge family members to a push-up, sit-up, or jumping jacks competition during commercials.
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for more tips for you and your family!
Extra information to learn more:
Tips for Kids: How to Lower Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk
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