Message from Jane D. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
PAGNY Chief Communications Officer
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
Almost 1 out of every 5 children in the United States has obesity. Certain groups of children are affected more than others. This month gives us an opportunity to learn how to prevent and deal with this health concern.
Children who are obese are more likely to be obese as adults. This can lead to physical and mental health issues, including diabetes, high blood pressure and an increased risk of cancer. In addition, obese children tend to be bullied by others.
To prevent obesity and support healthy growth of our children, parents need to ensure that their children have the right amount of sleep, participate in regular physical activity, and eat the right amount of calories. They need to regulate television viewing and other sedentary activities. A healthy diet containing higher nutritional value and lower caloric foods should substitute for high calorie snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages. Nutritious foods are readily available at the local farmer’s market.
As always, if you have any news that you’d like to share with your colleagues, please let us know. We’ll include it in a future edition of The PAGNY Advance.
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To everyone’s good health.