It is hard to believe another month has passed us by! As we enter into September, it is essential that we recognize National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Why is this month important to promote? Not only is it part of our mission to encourage healthier lives in our communities, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated that one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. This statistic can directly correlate with immediate and at times long-term health issues, such as: heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and asthma. This month make the extra effort and help to create change by spreading ideas to prevent childhood obesity.
So what are some ideas?
It is easier to implement changes in your community if you start off with small changes. Start by sharing ideas that lead to minor changes, such as keeping fresh fruit always within reach or going on a family walk after dinner. As always using social media outlets to engage your community is a simple and cost effective way to spread your message; try using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or the monthly newsletter. You can also engage your community to create content by having members post pictures and stories of youth and families being active in your community. One last idea is to ask a local doctor or nurse to host an educational session at a department event preventing childhood obesity. Gathering real advice and statistics from doctors will help motivate members to make the change!
Recently the NCRPA board endorsed a position statement supporting the promotion of healthy foods as part of youth sports in the communities. The statement encourages organizations to do everything possible to provide access to healthy foods and beverages in the youth sports and athletics experience. Such commitment and practice provides a consistent message that a healthy diet is pivotal for good health and optimal athletic performance.
Let’s come together during the month of September to provide necessary steps to battle and increase awareness of childhood obesity across North Carolina. For more information on healthy concessions or physical activity programs then please visit the NCRPA Wellness Initiative homepage.
If you have ideas or suggestions of promoting National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, then please share by submitting or emailing us on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)