September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

America is facing a childhood obesity epidemic with current statistics showing that one in three children are overweight or obese.

What are the risks of childhood obesity?

* Type 2 diabetes

* High blood pressure

* Heart disease

Is childhood obesity preventable?

Fortunately, childhood obesity is preventable! Children can prevent obesity by learning to make

healthy food choices and by exercising regularly. Awareness is key to preventing childhood obesity, and it is important to encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

What steps can be taken to eliminate childhood obesity?

* Keep fresh fruit and veggies within children’s reach

* Take a family walk after dinner

* Motivate teachers and administrators to make schools healthier

* Provide daily physical activities for students

Adults need to be positive role models for children and lead by example. In addition to Childhood Obesity Awareness, Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month is about communicating the importance of eating enough fruits and vegetables.

In the U.S. Today:

* Only 1 in 3 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.

* Only 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.

How can Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month make a difference?

* Spread the word about programs that support local agriculture

* Encourage families to keep fresh fruit or veggies within reach

* Support restaurants, stores, and other businesses that provide fresh fruits and vegetables

To learn more about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, click here.

To learn more about Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month click here.

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