Did you know one in three 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, Beaufort Memorial 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 TVor playing video games) to two 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.
- Get involved in healthy community events.
- Dr. James Simmons, a pediatrician at Beaufort Memorial, stresses the importance of frequent well-child checkups. “The earlier we can catch problems,” Simmons says, “the easier it is to modify bad habits.”
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