September is Childhood Obesity Month

Did you know over the past 30 years, childhood obesity has become twice as common in children and four times more common in teens? In 2012, one in three children and teens were overweight or obese.  Obesity increases risks for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer and arthritis. A shorter lifespan and poorer quality of life are associated with childhood obesity. It is now a national health emergency.

Parents can help.  Your child’s health is impacted his whole life by the foods you offer even from infancy.  Parents who model healthy choices such as eating well and staying active are more likely to have children who do the same.  This link provides practical tips and ideas to improve your family’s health.


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