Did you know one in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese? Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once only seen in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. Just as kids are back to school learning a new curriculum, make sure children learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle from the Jersey Strong parents! We’re using this month to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic to spread the word that childhood obesity can be prevented and steps can be taken towards a solution.
Teach kids how to pack a well-balanced lunch. Preparing lunch takes the question out of what’s on the menu, especially is certain cafeteria food may run out by the last lunch period.
- Keep healthier snacks around the house instead of chips and processed snacks after school. Healthy snacking options don’t always have to be vegetables, whip up a fruit smoothie or add toppings into yogurt.
- Recruit local doctors or nurses to support programs at school. Enlist the help of your school or local community to make healthy eating fun! After all, we all love those orange slices at half time, why not at lunch time?
- Make your weekend workout a family affair. Let the kids join in on your run, or take part in your stretching and warmup exercises before you head to the gym.
How do you lead a Jersey Strong example for your children? Tell us how you pass on your healthy eating habits or some of your favorite healthy snacks!
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