September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
and Fruits and Veggies, More Matters Month
One in 5 children in the United States are 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, Express Family Care 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.
- Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.
Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.
- September is a great month in Oklahoma to spend more time outside with your children. If you model active behaviors, they will follow you!
- Get your children involved in fall sports through the school or local community centers such as the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club.
- Try to eat your 5 fruits and veggies a day. There's still time to stock up on local produce at the Farmer's Markets.
For more information, visit Express Family Care.
Jimmy Tisdale is a graduate of the OU Family Nurse Practitioner Program. He focuses on providing prompt, thorough care while educating patients about their conditions and ways to stay healthy using current evidence-based research.
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