September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Currently, one in three American children is overweight or obese. These children are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, psychological problems and bullying. If we do not act, it's estimated by 2030, the adult obesity rate in Nevada could reach 50 percent. Currently, the adult obesity rate in Nevada is just below 25 percent. This is a sobering public health issue, but by working together we can find solutions for this burgeoning health crisis.
Community leaders, elected officials, and health advocates from across the country are joining together to help reverse the rising rates of childhood obesity, and individuals just like you will take steps with your family, your neighbors, and your community.
Every person in the U.S. can be an important part of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by taking small steps that add up to a big difference, like eating more balanced meals and snacks and engaging in regular physical activity.
Carson City Health and Human Services encourages you to get involved, take that first step, and join the movement. http://www.gethealthycarsoncity.org/
In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Carson Medical Group encourages 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, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
- Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.
Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.
Stay abreast of legislative measures being put in place on behalf of obesity in the state of Nevada.