September is National Childhood Obesity Prevention Month

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood 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.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, here are five ways to encourage your family to make healthy changes together.

1. Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park. Fall weather is here and Atlanta and North Georgia have such beautiful parks to hike (often free). Walk up Stone Mountain, hike the trails at Fort Yargo, Victoria Bryant, Unicoi and so many others. Here’s a map to all the state parks in Georgia.

20150424_0941312. Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.

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3. Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods. Here’s a great resource to get your family to eat healthier.

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4. Add movement games to play time. Sesame Street has some fun ideas to incorporate movement in everyday activities.

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5. Avoid sugar-laden snacks and drinks. Check out Super Nanny’s tips on snacking.

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

Bonus tip: Come out to ESNG’s Trick or Treat Trot 5K and Family Fun Festival – hey,you knew it was coming! Older kids can run/walk the 5K (must register), the 1K (free for all) and/or participate in the activities at the Family Fun Festival (free for all). bounce_house_inside

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