Tips to Help Your Child Stay at a Healthy Weight
The time when your kids head back to school is also a great time to commit to healthier eating habits, both for yourself and your family. A rising number of American adults are now considered obese: nearly 40 percent of Americans over age 20. However, the obesity epidemic has affected children as well. According to data reported from 2014 to 2016, 18.5 percent of American children were considered obese.
September has been designated National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. RediClinic supports this effort to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic in children, and show families how they can take steps toward a solution.
What Families Can Do
- Choose foods that are lower in fat and have fewer calories. Make sure that what you eat supports a healthy weight. Learn how to use the Nutrition Facts label to buy healthy foods at the grocery store. Find your healthy eating style. Eat smaller portions at home. Make small changes, such as trading crackers and cookies for fresh fruit when you need a snack.
- Drink water. Offer water as a no-calorie alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages that are high in calories and a leading contributor to the obesity epidemic.
- Get active to maintain a healthy weight. Walk whenever possible, get active around your home, and participate in physical activities rather than sitting in front of the computer or television. Choose the activities that are right for you and your family.
- Limit computer time and television usage. Parents should set rules that limit the amount of time spent sitting in front of screens. Health experts recommend limiting screen time at home to two hours or less a day and focusing on being more physically active.
To learn more about ways to enhance children’s activity levels and nutrition, visit We Can®!
Care for Your Family’s Health With RediClinic
Back-to-school physicals are a great time to have a board-certified RediClinic clinician check on your child’s weight and physical development.* In addition, RediClinic offers health screening services for adults. Make an online appointment today!
*RediClinic treats children ages 18 months and older.
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