Next Month is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

I kind of have a soft spot in my heart for kids.

I enjoy children’s laughter.

I’m envious of kid’s wild imaginations.

I love (and loathe) their boundless energy!

Kids are absolutely amazing, and sadly, their childhood can be severely disabled when they suffer from overweight or obesity.

The sad truth is that one in three children in the US is overweight or obese. 1-in-3Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Childhood obesity can be prevented.

In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Inside Out Family Lifestyle Coaching – and my family – want to encourage you and your family to make healthy changes together.

  • Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, playing video games, scrolling through social media) to 2 hours or less per day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.
  • Get enough sleep: Get your kids into bed on time and make sure you hit the pillow early too. Lack of sleep causes stress levels to rise which contributes to weight gain.
  • Drink plenty of water: Many Americans are chronically dehydrated, leaving them feeling sleepy, irritable, hungry, or unfocused.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

You can join my family and I during the month of September for our One Simple Change program. Throughout September I’ll share tips and ideas to help you and your family take the baby steps necessary to improve your health and well-being.

Until then, sit down with your kiddos and make some plans to go to the park, cook a healthy meal together, or visit a local organic farm to enjoy the outdoors and see all that God has in store for you this season!

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