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Fight Childhood Obesity - Get Healthy for September

Posted Sep 05 2008 12:00am

With kids going back to school and ideas of what to pack for lunch comes a heightened awareness over what constitutes “healthy.” With childhood obesity as one of the nation’s leading health threats, this is clearly a million dollar question.

Did you know that childhood obesity is the number one concern amongst US parents, ahead of drug abuse and smoking? Today, almost 25 million children are overweight or obese and thus are at risk for early-onset cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. If obesity rates among children continue to climb at such a rate, this generation will be the first to have a shorter life span than their parents!

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, has designated September “Go Healthy Month.” The Alliance is taking preventive measures against childhood obesity to ensure that future generations won’t struggle with illnesses associated with poor food choices and lack of physical activity.

I encourage you to check out www.igohugo.org to find out how both you and your child can engage in this challenge, which encourages better food choices as well as finding ways to participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Exercising together will not only help you look and feel better, but will allow for time to catch up on your child’s school day.

What are you waiting for? Turn off the TV and enjoy the warm afternoons!

Dr. Keri Marshall MS, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in holistic pediatrics and women’s medicine

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