Resources Shared as Part of National Childhood Obesity Month Efforts

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 5 children is obese in the United States and in Nevada specifically, about 12.9% of children ages 10-17 have obesity, giving our state a ranking of 36 among 50 states and D.C.

Childhood obesity is a serious health concern as it can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, joint problems, asthma, and sleep apnea.

September is National Childhood Obesity Month and Health Plan of Nevada wants to provide parents and caregivers with tips to promote healthy growth in children.

These tips could be especially important this year as many families and children have experienced adjustments to their routines because of the pandemic that may have led to lessened physical activity and altered eating habits.

Below you can find a handful of quick tips from Health Plan of Nevada to prevent childhood obesity:

  1. Better together
    • A good motivation for exercise or eating healthy is getting the whole family involved. Consider a weekly dance party, jump rope contest, or sack race. Maybe even try hula hooping, which the American Council on Exercise says can be a total-body workout, improving flexibility and balance while strengthening muscles. In the kitchen, let the kids pick a nutritional recipe of their choice, have them help shop for ingredients and prepare the meal.
  2. Call it what you want
    • Kids can be turned off by the words broccoli or cauliflower. To help overcome the fear of eating vegetables, call it by a different name. Whether it be “the enchanted forest” or “Bob the broccoli,” make it fun! Exercises can also take on new identities – maybe next time you’ll be running with lions, tigers, and bears.
  3. Be aware of your child’s sleeping habits
    • Sleep has been proven to reduce the risks of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity later in life. Some ways to better your child’s sleep are reducing screen time before bedtime, setting a consistent bedtime, and keeping their bedroom dim and at a comfortable temperature.

To learn more, you can visit Health Plan of Nevada here.