Whats special about April 21st -25th? Its Every Kid Healthy Week!
Every child in the United States should be well nourished, physically active, healthy and read to learn. During the week of April 21-25, we want to take a stand against malnourishment and obesity. We want schools to take a stand to promote healthier alternatives. The solutions? Sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting school programs.
To help promote Every Kid Healthy Week, our Woodbridge pediatrician is available to discuss obesity. Currently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC
) estimated that obesity in children has more than doubled since the 1980s. With increased awareness during Every Kid Healthy Week, we hope that schools and parents all over the world will take steps to improve their children’s health care.
The Risks Of Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity can make life harder for a young person in a number of ways, but the health risks are most pressing. Obesity increases the risk of lifelong health problems in a child and can even lead to diseases such as juvenile diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Our pediatrician in Woodbridge understands these risks and concerns, which is why we are raising awareness during Every Kid Healthy Week.
Parents of obese children have a laundry list of issues to be concerned with. The extra weight can cause
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Joint problems
As obese children age, they may also be at a higher risk for stroke, type 2 diabetes and even cancer. There are a number of causes behind childhood obesity and Every Kid Healthy Week aims to target those causes so that we can help keep our children healthy. Let’s take a look at a few of the causes of childhood obesity that we can easily avoid:
- Excess sugar and soda consumption – some children drink several cans of sugary soda a day, while one can contains upwards of 45 grams of sugar.
- Consumption of unhealthy fast food and poor meal choices – these include greasy pizzas and hamburgers that are full of fattening oils.
- A sedentary lifestyle – what does this mean? It means that many children sit in front of the television, computer or video game console after school instead of going outside to play.
Childhood Obesity & How We Can Help
At our office, we emphasize, “your child is our top priority,” which showcases why we have a top pediatrician serving the Edison and Woodbridge, NJ areas. We also offer same day appointments for children who don’t feel well and regularly offer tips and advice to parents ranging from “Getting Children to Listen the First Time,” and “Picky Eaters.” We want to help you establish a healthy lifestyle for your child, both in school and out of school.
While Every Kid Healthy Week runs from April 21 -25, we don’t want it to end at the end of the week. Let’s keep our kids healthy always by taking what we learn during this week in April and transferring it into your child’s every day lifestyle. Visit our Woodbridge pediatrician for more information on how you can keep your children healthy and steps you can take to further promote Every Kid Healthy Week during April 21-25.