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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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