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Let’s Move….Together

|Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles
Niki Smidt

September 22, 2010

The increase in childhood obesity rates and the effect on overall health is drawing national attention. Consider the following:

  • One-third of all children born in 2000 or later will have diabetes at some point in their lives
  • Many other children will experience other weight-related health issues, including:
    • Heart disease.
    • High blood pressure.
    • Cancer.
    • Asthma.
  • Overweight children often suffer emotionally from being a target of peer or social stigmas which can lead to poor self-esteem.

First Lady Michelle Obama is bringing attention to the issue of childhood obesity and is the leading voice of the Let’s Move! initiative. This health-focused program is designed to help families, schools and communities use simple tools to assist children in becoming healthier by being more active and developing healthy eating habits.

Learn more about the Let’s Move! campaign at www.letsmove.gov. This website offers general information and facts about obesity and obesity prevention. You will find a Learn the Facts, Eat Healthy, Get Active, Take Action, and a Join Us section. Also on the site are tips for:

  • Getting five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
  • Reducing sugar and fat intake.
  • Healthy snacking.
  • Portion sizing.
  • Developing family activities.
  • Creating family fitness challenges.
  • Building more activity in to the school day.
  • Promoting physical fitness and activity within the community.

The Take Action section offers all target participants five steps for success in the Let’s Move program! Below you will find what you can do as a parent or child care provider and what your child can do to be successful at eating and living healthy.

For Parents

  • Keep fresh fruit available for snacks.
  • Walk together as a family.
  • Plan menus for the week. Ask your children for help.
  • Turn off the TV during meal time and talk about your day.
  • Talk with school officials about developing a health team at school.

For Children

  • Move every day.
  • Try new fruits and veggies.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Do jumping jacks during TV time.
  • Help make dinner.

Your child’s health is important. Take time to be healthy together!

Information adapted from www.letsmove.gov.


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