Resources to prevent obesity & support healthy growth in children
September is National Childhood Obesity Month.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the goal for children who are overweight is to reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development.
Healthy eating and physical activity are important for growth and development and to prevent chronic health conditions. But eating well and being active are only part of the picture.
Below are some tips to develop healthy habits in children and teens:
- Ensure adequate sleep;
- Reduce screen time;
- Develop healthy eating habits;
- Limit snacks with lots of salt, added sugar, and saturated fat;
- Help children and teens stay active;
The resources below can help you get started in helping prevent childhood obesity:
- National Institute of Health's MedlinePlus
- The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- Weight-control Information Network
- Connecticut: Nutrition Physical Activity Obesity Prevention Program
- New Jersey: Nutrition and Fitness
- New York: Obesity Prevention Programs and Activities