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Preventing Childhood Obesity

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Childhood obesity is a serious problem facing our nation especially here in the Central Florida area. To avoid the health risks associated with childhood obesity, parents should focus on prevention and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Balance is the key in helping your child and family maintain a healthy weight. A balance between calorie intake, physical activity and normal growth can reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing natural growth and development. These tips from the American Heart Association give us ideas on how to promote a healthy lifestyle within your own family.

 

1. Encourage healthy eating habits by:

  • Include non-fat milk and dairy products
  • Encourage water with all meals
  • Choose lean meats, fish and poultry

 2. Remove calorie-rich temptations. Try these substitutes:

  • A medium–size apple
  • 1-cup carrots with 2 tbsp. hummus
  • 1-cup blueberries

 3. Help kids stay active by: 

  • Brisk walking
  • Jumping rope
  • Swimming

4. Reduce sedentary time by:

  • Limit “screen time” no more than 2 hours a day
  • Encourage fun family activities
  • No TV for kids age 2 or younger

 

In treating most overweight children, the main emphasis should be to prevent weight gain above what’s appropriate for expected increases in height. The importance of continuing healthy lifestyle changes should be emphasized to the entire family.

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Hungerford Students Get New Gym Equipment from the YMCA

Hungerford Students Get New Gym Equipment from the YMCA from WPHF on Vimeo.

Getting kids excited about exercising is important to making sure they develop long term healthy habits.  In order to get kids excited about exercising, the Crosby YMCA donated kid friendly gym equipment to the students at Hungerford Elementary.  The students were very grateful and wanted to say thank you!  You can watch this video and all of our other videos on YouTube or Vimeo.  If you would like to be featured in a video please contact Asher Levine at 407.644.2300 ext. 241 or at alevine@wphf.org.

 

 

 

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