One in 3 children in the United States are 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, Manor ISD 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 TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
- Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.
These are some helpful links that can improve the health of your child:
Tip for parents: get your kids involved in planning and cooking healthy meals. See how at https://healthymeals.fns.usda.gov/nutrition-education/cooking-kids
Check out these 10 tips to help preschoolers build healthy mealtime habits. http://bit.ly/1WBemor
Help your kids get active! Use these tips to reduce their screen time. http://1.usa.gov/69My6u
Make sure your child gets at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Get tips: http://1.usa.gov/3wnZMl
Since 1980, childhood obesity rates have more than doubled. Help your child stay at a healthy weight. http://1.usa.gov/LOWoNC
Tips for parents: make a physical activity plan for the whole family. http://1.usa.gov/bg6vTr
Try out creative snacks for your kids, like "ants on a log" (celery with peanut butter and raisins)! http://1.usa.gov/oFIXRJ