Friday, September 13, 2013

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

That is a mouth full to say, isn't it? But whatever you want to call it, this is one of the most important issues facing out kids today. Nationally, 17 percent of all children and adolescents in America are obese, a rate that has tripled in one generation.

This is an issue very close to my heart as I have two children who struggle with this issue. I am happy to say that in the last 6 months the changes that we have made as a family are starting to make a difference in their lives. These modest successes make us want to work even harder towards our goals. Childhood obesity affects children not just physically and puts them at risk for serious health problems, but psychologically as well. This issue can negatively affect every area of their lives.

Here are some wonderful tools that we have been using along with the Food $ense program that I have been using that can help make the changes in your families life to help your children with this issue.

Let's Move!  I love this website, It has great ideas on how to get moving and have fun while you are doing it. It has great ideas for kids to take initiatives on their own like joining the Presidential Fitness program or providing kids an Action Plan of their very own so that they can feel in control of their choices and start good habits.

COAM - This month has its own website. They have an online toolkit that you can download.

HealthFinder  Here are ideas to not just get yourself and you family healthy but always ways to be active in your schools and community for better health all around.

My Plate Kids But this website is my kids' favorite. It has games, activity sheets, songs and ideas to help them get moving.  My kids want to be healthy when they are given the information they need. They want to feel good and be happy. This website gives them the tools they can use to educate not just themselves but to help our family and their friends.