“Letsmove” campaign to help children with obesity
I visited Michelle Obamas campaign website letsmove.gov. They have an extensive detailed website that offers links to other sites working in conjunction to combat against obesity.
They offer tips on activities children can do in the morning, afterschool, or if there in a program. They encourage family time to have children enjoy their workout.
Sports are good physical fitness activities. They also offer links to help parents in knowing how to create safe routes for their children when they are bike riding or walking.
Another category they have is the food pyramid. Since majority of issues with obesity begin when children are infants they have links that take you through their website. If you are an expecting mother you can input information starting with your age, height, due-date, weight, and gender. Then it comes up with a list of activities, foods, and tips pregnant moms can do to stay fit. This is useful information to avoid obesity from birth.
Depending on the state you live in they have information on local grocery stores and nutrition guides. They have the latest information on the news concerning childhood obesity.
They have facts that were new to me. Breakfast is an important meal in a day. Children are more alert and energized. If a child is obese by the age of eight then it is likely that they will continue to be obese throughout adulthood. These are facts stated by Berenson GS, Dietz WH, Freedman DS, Khan LK, Matthews R, Srinivasan SR, and Pollitt E.
It may not be easy but as parents we decided what we put on our childrens plate. Obesity is a greater risk when children are constantly seen for diabetes, high cholesterol, or asthma. If we can decrease the problems with obesity by having our children eat healthy then this could possibly avoid less visits to the doctors office.