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National Childhood Obesity Month

National Childhood Obesity Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Month. About 1 of every 5 children in the United States has obesity. Obesity is a major public health problem that is influenced by many factors such as too much time spent in activities such as television viewing, lack of physical activity, and lack of healthier food options.

There are many ways that families can support the healthy growth in children

Reduce screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that television viewing be avoided for children under 2. For older preschool-aged children, media limits should be set.
Get kids moving. Encourage children to engage in age appropriate activities. Being physically active improves children’s overall health. 
Nurture healthy eaters. Use resources such as ChooseMyPlate to help guide a healthy diet.
Help kids build healthy sleeping habits. A lack of bedtime routine leads to too little sleep. Ensure that children get adequate sleep.

Here are some additional resources

American Academy of Pediatrics: Media and Children
BMI calculator for children and teens
CDC Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
Let’s Move! Child Care

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