Thursday, September 1, 2011

President Obama declares September as National Childhood OBESITY Awareness Month

"I encourage all Americans to take action by learning about and engaging in activities that promote healthy eating and greater physical activity by all our Nation's children." - President Obama

Childhood Obesity is a complicated problem, and there is not just one sweeping solution to solve it. Perhaps if each one of us does a little bit each day to promote healthy eating and increase physical activity in our own families, then that's a step in the right direction.

Here's a link to the American Dietetic Association's nutrition tip sheets for ideas on healthy eating.
They include:
  • 25 healthy snacks for kids
  • 20 ways to enjoy more fruits and veggies
  • Healthy eating on the run
  • Power up with breakfast .... and many more

 As far as physical activity goes, a minimum of 60 minutes per day of physical fitness activity is the goal for kids. Remember, this is the minimum, and you too should lead by example!  The American Heart Association has some great ideas to get kids up off the couch, away from the screen, and moving. Get the whole family involved!

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A few small changes by each American can create a powerful impact on our country's obesity epidemic. What will you change TODAY?