National Childhood Obesity Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness month, the Children’s Heart Center encourages your family to make healthy changes together.

  • Get active outside: walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Male healthy meals: buy and serve more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

Here are some activities available during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month to get started:

Community Calendar

For more information about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, please visit:

healthfinder.gov

cdc.gov

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