September 2023

Keeping Children Healthy and Fit

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, which is a good opportunity to think about how you can be a positive health and exercise role model for children in your life. The CDC recommends the following strategies to prevent childhood obesity: 

  • Model healthy eating: Incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet, and choose lean meats and low-fat dairy options. Save foods that are high in added sugars, sodium, or saturated fats for special occasions.
  • Move as a family: Take the dog for a walk or ride bikes together to incorporate activity into your daily routine. Active games and even chores (like vacuuming or raking leaves) also help kids get the physical activity they need to be healthy.
  • Have a consistent sleep routine: Good sleep is essential in all stages of life. Kids who don’t get enough sleep are at risk for unhealthy weight gain. Having a consistent sleep schedule, even on weekends, makes it easier for children to get enough sleep.
  • Reduce screen time: Replace some screen time with family time, whether that’s going outside, cooking, reading, or playing a game. Even simple things like turning off the TV when no one is watching or reducing the number of apps on your phone can make a difference.

Other observances: September is also National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so take some time to learn about this rare and deadly disease. Sept. 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Because we spend so much time at our jobs, the workplace has huge potential to provide a supportive structure for mental health. Reach out to people in your life—including your co-workers—and let them know you care.

Stay Safe & Healthy

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