September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 3rd, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Written by Courtney Brewer, Social Media Consultant, Live Well Omaha Kids

Brewer2014-86Let me start by saying, it’s good to be back! I left you half way through May to give birth to our beautiful twins — Liam Thomas and Avery Rose — and enjoy the summer getting used to my new, much larger family. I couldn’t be more excited to kick off coming back from maternity leave than to dive right in to something as important as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

Earlier this year, a study came out stating that obesity rates in children 2 to 5 years old have decreased significantly over the past decade. While news like that is great, we can’t forget that we still have a large issue on our hands. In Douglas County alone, one in three children ages 2 to 5 are overweight or obese. And if you take all of the children ages 5 to 17 in Douglas County that are overweight or obese, you can fill the CenturyLink Center AND the Civic Auditorium. Unless we put a stop to it NOW, this issue is only going to continue at an upward pace.

What can we do to help?
There are lots of ways to be healthy, but start by being a good role model and practice healthy eating and active living every day — at work, at home and at school. Here are three simple steps you can incorporate into your daily routine:

  1. Cook and eat at home together one more time per week this month. Take the Family Dining Pledge for information and tools to help you kick those eating-out habits.
  2. Find at least 30 minutes each week to be active together. We’ve got lots of physical activity ideas for the entire family.
  3. Grab a glass of water first before you try a soda, sports drink or other sweetened beverage. Check out Michelle Obama’s Drink Up Campaign for encouragement and ideas.

Our community partners are making efforts every day to tackle childhood obesity. We’ll be highlighting their programs on our website, as well as many of their success stories and tips throughout the month of September. We are doing our part to create a healthier future for our community… now it’s time to do YOUR part. Look through our resources and find a program that fits the needs of your children or get involved with a program to help other families. Take action now and together, we can make a difference and grow healthy children for a healthy future.

 

If you take all of the 5 – 17 year olds in Douglas County that are overweight or obese, you could fill the CenturyLink Center AND the Civic Auditorium. – See more at: http://livewellomahakids.org/childhood-obesity-awareness/#sthash.nNFPykNj.dpuf
One in three children in Douglas County ages 2 – 5 are overweight or obese. These overweight or obese preschoolers are 5 times more likely than normal-weight children to be overweight or obese as adults. – See more at: http://livewellomahakids.org/childhood-obesity-awareness/#sthash.nNFPykNj.dpuf
One in three children in Douglas County ages 2 – 5 are overweight or obese. These overweight or obese preschoolers are 5 times more likely than normal-weight children to be overweight or obese as adults. – See more at: http://livewellomahakids.org/childhood-obesity-awareness/#sthash.nNFPykNj.dpuf
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