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    National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

    National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

    Did you know that in the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups? Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.  And this epidemic puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.  Even greater disparities exist among young Hispanics and children of color.  This month is an opportunity to build awareness and take action – nationally, as well as in your state, city, workplace and home.

    More about National Childhood Obesity Awareness.

       

    Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month

    Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

    Its seems appropriate that September is also national Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month.  Part of a healthy lifestyle is having a healthy diet that includes plentiful fruits and vegetables. Our Live A More Colorful Life! web page for some great information regarding nutrition, as well as tasty, healthy recipes.

    Check out how fruits and veggies to matter more.

     

        

    National Preparedness Month

    National Preparedness Month

    An emergency can happen at any time, be it natural or man-made. If you don’t have a plan in place, take some time this month to become familiar with ways you can prepare yourself and your family for general disaster. In short, be informed, make a plan, build a kit, get involved. 

    Our Public Health Preparedness webpage offers lots of sources to get informed as well as suggestions about making plans, building kits and getting involved.

    Preparedness is a national effort.

       

    Family Health and Fitness Day

    Saturday, Sept. 26, is Family Health and Fitness Day

    Good health should be a family thing. The event's purpose is to promote family involvement in physical activity -- one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health. Local organizations throughout the country will host family-related health and fitness events at schools, park districts, hospitals, YMCAs/YWCAs, malls, health clubs and other community locations.

    Here’s more about family health and fitness day.

       

    World Heart Day

    Tues., Sept. 29, is World Heart Day

    This World Heart Day, the focus is on creating healthy heart environments. By ensuring that everyone has the chance to make healthy heart choices wherever they live, work and play, World Heart Day encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk and promotes a heart-healthy planet for those around us.

    Learn more about World Heart Day.