The Y Spotlighting Children’s Health during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

Spotlighting Children’s Health during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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The CDC reports that one in three children is overweight or obese. And, according to a recent report by the British medical journal, The Lancet, half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030 unless solutions are put in place to tackle the epidemic. This health crisis sheds light on the need to start outreach early, by providing children (and their parents) with the resources and the support they need in maintaining healthier lifestyles, emphasizing that small steps can lead to big results to reverse this trend.

In recognition of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Y is reminding parents about the importance of incorporating regular physical activity and healthier eating habits into their children’s lives.

As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes that getting children more active and allowing them to play on a regular basis is an important factor in improving their health. The Y knows finding the time to be more active may be a challenge, but simple activities at home, such as turning on your favorite music and dance; playing games that incorporate physical activity, like Charades; and going for a run, walk or bike ride outdoors all count. More ideas for family activities can be found at http://ymca.net/healthy-family-home/.

The CDC also recommends the following tips to help improve children’s health at home:

  • Make sure kids get 60 minutes of physical activity a day – this can be achieved through a number of activities throughout the entire day and doesn’t have to be done all at once.
  • Provide plenty of fruits and vegetables, limit foods high in fat and sugar and prepare healthier foods at family meals.
  • Serve your family water instead of sugar drinks.

In addition, Ys across the country offer programs to help children – and their families – stay active and eat healthy. To learn more or locate a program in your community, please Find a Y near you.

September 1, 2011

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