Septmeber is National Childhood Obesity Month

September is a great time of the year to refocus on your fitness and nutrition goals.  The rush of the summer is behind us and most settle into a predictable routine like the falling of autum leaves.  September is also the optimal time to focus on family wellness.

Did you know that more than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese or overweight?  Childhood obesity puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.

Every September, National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM), puts the focus on taking a stand and fight childhood obesity.

What can you do as a parent, guardian or care giver for the child(ren) in your life?

  • Let them see you physically active.  They are more likely to model your positive behavior.
  • Focus on good health, not a certain weight goal. Teach healthy attitudes toward food and physical activity without emphasizing body weight.
  • Focus on the family wellness.  Do not set children who are overweight apart or make them feel like an outcast. Involve the entire family and work to gradually change the family’s physical activity and eating habits.
  • Establish daily meal and snack times and eating together as frequently as possible.

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