There’s a rising health epidemic in America, and it’s affecting our youth. 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese, and studies have shown that overweight kids tend to grow into overweight adults. According to HealthierGeneration.org, 30.4% of kids in California are overweight or obese, ranking as the 26th most obese state in the US for kids.
So what’s the difference?
Being “overweight” means your child is above a weight considered normal and healthy.
Being “obese” means a child is severely overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) that is equal to or greater than the 95th percentile.
Overweight and obese kids are at risk for diabetes, asthma, and heart failure; just to name a few.
Besides eating a healthy diet, increasing your child’s daily physical activity is the #1 way to prevent and treat obesity in children. Ensure kids get at least one hour of aerobic physical activity each day. There is no federal law requiring physical education in American schools, so don’t assume your child exercises enough in PE class.
Joining YMCA programs like youth soccer and basketball can have a huge impact on children’s lives, teaching them that exercising can be fun and building the foundations for life as healthy adult. See all Y programs here.
Check out the following links for even more fun physical activities:
PBS Zoom Games–avoid the octopus, balloon tag, sculpt characters, and more!
Spark PE-tag, water sports, bike riding, and more!
Mommy Poppins– Freeze Dance, Tickle Tag, Sock Skating, and more!
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and play!