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Curbing Obesity in Kids

Helping kids stay at a healthy weight can be a challenge. French fries and video games are pretty tempting. But good nutrition and physical activity matter in a lot of ways. They help kids avoid chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease — and keep them from being targeted for their weight as they go through school. And they set kids up for a lifetime of good health habits that, research says, can improve not just how they move, but how they learn.

During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, it’s important to know how Delaware kids weigh in. Delaware continually monitors the health and wellness of children and youth. According to a recent survey of Delaware high school students, 15.1% reported a BMI (a measure of body weight to height) considered obese, with more boys and African Americans overall among the higher percentage of those considered obese. Another 16.6% of Delaware public high school students reported being overweight.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day on at least five days of every week. And in Delaware, there are some great tools parents can use to get their kids on track:

  • FitnessGram is a national physical fitness assessment that measures aerobic capacity, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility.
  • The Lt. Governor’s Challenge 2.0 plays a key role in keeping students and communities healthy.
  • The Family Services Cabinet Council coordinates critical services for families across Delaware.
  • The First Lady’s First Chance Initiative helps to give all children an opportunity to realize their potential — in learning, work, and citizenship.

Learn more about these and other programs at HealthyDelaware.org and talk to your child’s health care provider today about ways for your child to stay at a healthy weight.

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