National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month – a great time to incorporate healthy habits into your kids’ back to school routine.  Check out these easy tips recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

To lead a healthy active life, families can strive to reach these four easy goals:

  • 5 fruits and vegetables a day,
  • 2 hours or less of screen time (TV, computer, video games) per day,
  • 1 hour of physical activity a day, and
  • 0 limit sugar-sweetened drinks.

To help children live healthy active lives, parents can:

  • Be role models themselves by making healthy eating and daily
    physical activity the norm for their family.
  • Create a home where healthy choices are available and encouraged.
  • Make it fun – find ways to engage your children such as:
    o playing a game of tag,
    o cooking healthy meals together,
    o creating a rainbow shopping list to find colorful fruits and vegetables,
    o go on a walking scavenger hunt through the neighborhood, or
    o grow a family garden.

Help your kids form healthy habits now. Healthy active children are more likely to be healthy active adults!

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