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Take steps to prevent childhood obesity

Take steps to prevent childhood obesity

Overweight young people are more likely than children of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults. If this unhealthy trend continues, many children will have unhealthy health consequences. Overweight children are more at risk for associated adult health problems, including:

  • heart disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • stroke
  • several types of cancer, a
  • osteoarthritis.

But healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming overweight and developing related diseases.

Together, we can fight the obesity epidemic.

Here’s what we’re doing

BlueCross has developed resources to help your family begin improving their health. Programs like WalkingWorks and WalkingWorks for Schools off-site link, health awareness newsletters and BluePerks  offer ways to jumpstart your family’s motivation to begin living a healthy life.

Here’s what you can do

Focus on healthy living by eating healthy and getting more physical activity. Parents can begin by being positive role models. Encourage new eating habits. Serve balanced, nutritional meals. Start by taking baby steps. For example, each month, substitute one new healthy alternative for one unhealthy food. Set limits on video, TV and computer time, and instead get active!

According to the CDC, elementary school-aged children should engage in age and developmentally-appropriate physical activity for at least 30 to 60 minutes each day. Adolescents should exercise (moderately to vigorously) three or more times a week for at least 20 minutes each session.