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. Help your child – and your whole family – eat healthy and stay physically active. The healthy habits your child learns now can last a lifetime.
The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Harbor View Medical Services, PC encourages your family to make healthy changes together. Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.
You are a role model. Parents are often the most important role models for children. When you choose to eat right and be physically active, your child will be more likely to make those choices, too. Plus, being active and preparing healthy meals together are great ways to spend quality time with your family.
Weight Management - Healthy Back to School Habits
From packing healthy lunches to fitting in family physical activities, keep your kids on the right track this school year with these tips. Learn the ABCs of saving calories and money when you shop for groceries to pack your kids' lunches.
Why do I need to worry about my child’s weight?
Being overweight or obese as a child can lead to serious problems, like:
Physical Activity - Get Active
Kicking off the school year can be a busy time, leaving little room for physical activity. These three steps can help you find time to be active as a family.
1. Keep track of how your family spends time for one week.
2. Start small. Find two 30-minute time slots when your family can be active together after school or on the weekends.
3. Get going. Try these great tips:
Reduce Screen Time
Kids spend a big part of their day sitting in the classroom, so you can help your children spend less time in front of the TV, computer, and video games—and more time having fun as a family—with these tips.
Be a good role model. If you reduce your screen time and move more, your kids will too!
How do I know if my child is at a healthy weight?
Finding out your child’s body mass index (BMI) is the best way to learn if he or she is at a healthy weight. Children grow at different rates, so it’s not always easy to tell if your child is at a healthy weight. Healthy weight is also defined differently for children and teens than it is for adults. Ask your child’s doctor or nurse whether your child is at a healthy weight. You can also use this BMI calculator for children and teens if you know your child’s height and weight.
What if my child is overweight or obese?
Successful weight management programs for kids include counseling and education about eating a healthy diet and being physically active. Parents have an important role to play in these programs, too. Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse for more information.