Monday, November 24, 2014

How To Help Overweight Kids - Lots More Fruits And Vegetables

LABELLE, FL. -- The prevalence of overweight among children in the United States has tripled since 1980, and it continues to increase, resulting in increasing pediatric problems of childhood diabetes and hypertension.

Making healthy food and activity choices allows children to grow and develop at a rate that is normal for them. Staying at a healthy weight is just one way to help kids be their best. 

Here's how to help prevent overweight kids (and adults too).

5 or More Fruits & Vegetables - Fruits and vegetables are an important part of healthy eating and most kids don’t get enough of them. Fill half your child’s plate with colorful fruits and vegetables. Eating 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day helps keep everyone in the family healthy and feeling their best.

2 Hours or Less of Screen Time - Too much time in front of a television, computer, or touchpad can be harmful to your child’s health and development. Set limits on screen time – no more than 2 hours a day of watching TV, playing video games or using a computer or tablet.

1 Hour or More of Active Play - Make physical activity part of your child’s every day routine. Children need at least 1 hour (60 minutes) of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day to stay healthy. Adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Being active together is a fun way to enjoy time together as a family and to set a good example for your children. Active play every day helps students with learning at school, helps adults and kids keep a healthy weight, and build and maintain healthy bones

0 Sugary Drinks - Most kids today get too many calories from sugary drinks like regular soda pop, fruit drinks, and sports drinks. The best drink choices are water and fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. Drinking more water and less sugary drinks is one simple thing that can have a big impact on your family’s health.

The above is based on "5-2-1-0," an evidence-based prevention message centered on recommendations from the Childhood Obesity: Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Expert Committee, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA/HHS), and the American Medical Association (AMA).

-from Hendry-Glades Health Department, Pat Dobbins

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