January 2021 - Preventing and Addressing Childhood Obesity

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January 2021 - Preventing and Addressing Childhood Obesity

Preventing and Addressing Childhood Obesity

We're kicking off the new year with resources geared toward preventing and addressing childhood obesity. The Obesity Prevention Foundation of America, states that "obesity has been scientifically proven to cause chronic health conditions and diseases, and it is a duty to the entire health care community, the government, and parents to make changes that will effectively prevent childhood obesity."

Please have a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library provides and, as always, please feel free to reach out to Lori Heginbotham, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at lori.heginbotham@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.

Featured Resources

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Taming of the C.A.N.D.Y. Monster - Recipes and Tips for Feeding Junk Food Fans and Picky Eaters by Vicki Lansky

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Everything you need to know about: Minimizing sugar in your child’s diet, making mouthwatering snacks and desserts, preparing veggies children will love, dealing with food jags and picky eaters, eating healthy, even en route, packing bag lunches made simple, and helpful tips for grocery shopping.

You can borrow Taming of the C.A.N.D.Y. Monster now.

Diet and Nutrition Activities by Patricia Rizzo Toner

The Just for the Health of It series is an unmatched tool for teaching basic health concepts and skills to students in grades 7-12. Features ready-to-use games, puzzles, worksheets, skits, and more. Each volume features 90 reproducible activities, a teacher's guide, and complete answer keys.

You can borrow Diet and Nutrition Services from our library now.

Achieving a Healthy Weight for Your Child by Sandra G. Hassnik, MD, MS, FAAP

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Help children with weight concerns by giving their parents the clear-cut information on nutrition and fitness that they need. Dr. Hassink's plan will help families meet their goals with details on diet and physical activity for at home, in school, and in the community. It offers sensible, nutritional guidelines emphasizing balanced and nourishing meals, specific suggestions for encouraging children to become more physically active and reduce screen time, guidance for dealing with emotional turmoil, setbacks, and detours along the way, and many other tips and suggestions.

With the information and tools provided in Achieving a Healthy Weight for Your Child, parents will have a practical resource and medical professionals will have an informed partner in making a permanent difference in kids health.

You can borrow Achieving a Healthy Weight for Your Child from our library now.

Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs by American Academy of Pediatrics

Help prevent childhood obesity with the latest national standards describing evidence-based best practices in nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for early care and education programs. The standards are for all types of early care and education settings - centers and family child care homes. These updated standards are part of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition.

You can borrow Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Educational Programs now!

The Picky Eater Project by Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP and Sally Sampson

Parents will love this one-of-a-kind book that can transform even the most finicky eaters into fledgling foodies. Focusing on kids’ participation, interactive strategies, kitchen experiments, and delicious kid-friendly recipes, the book is based on a six-week plan that makes shopping and cooking fun. The Picky Eater Project addresses both the importance of healthy childhood nutrition and family harmony. It offers tips and troubleshooting, recognizing that it takes planning and perseverance to make behavior changes stick, but that it can happen.

You can borrow The Picky Eater Project from our library now.

Childhood Nutrition: Preventing Obesity Volumes 1 and 2 by InJoy Productions

This two-volume set uses smart strategies and straight talk to stop weight problems and promote healthy habits, so kids can feel their best from the inside out. Volume 1: Feeding Your Baby (Birth to 1)
Volume 2: Young Children eating Right (Ages 1 to 6)

You can borrow Childhood Nutrition: Preventing Obesity Volumes 1 and 2 from our library now.

Parent Navigation Tips - Helping Children Maintain a Healthy Weight

(Adapted from an article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

In the United States, the number of children with obesity has continued to rise over the past two decades. Obesity in childhood poses immediate and future health risks.

Parents, guardians, and teachers can help children maintain a healthy weight by helping them develop healthy eating habits and limiting calorie-rich temptations. You also want to help children be physically active, have reduced screen time, and get adequate sleep.

Use this list to help:

  • Develop healthy eating habits - provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products; include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products, including cheese and yogurt; choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils, and beans for protein; encourage your family to drink lots of water; limit sugary drinks; and limit consumption of sugar and saturated fat.
  • Limit calorie-rich temptations - reducing the availability of high-fat and high-sugar or salty snacks can help your children develop healthy eating habits. Only allow your children to eat these foods rarely, so that they truly will be treats!
  • Help children stay active - children ages 3 through 5 years should be active throughout the day. Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should be physically active at least 60 minutes each day. Include aerobic activity, which is anything that makes their hearts beat faster. Also include bone-strengthening activities such as running or jumping and muscle-strengthening activities such as climbing or push-ups.
  • Reduce sedentary time - Although quiet time for reading and homework is fine, limit the time children watch television, play video games, or surf the web to no more than 2 hours per day. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend television viewing for children aged 2 years or younger. Instead, encourage children to find fun activities to do with family members or on their own that simply involve more activity.
  • Ensure adequate sleep - Too little sleep is associated with obesity, partly because inadequate sleep makes us eat more and be less physically active. Children need more sleep than adults, and the amount varies by age.

You can read the full article, Tips to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight, by the CDC, and get other useful information here.

A Child's Champion

Keys 4 HealthyKids

This month's Child's Champion is KEYS 4 HealthyKids, a coalition of 22 organizations in Kanawha County that care about kids and about the future of West Virginia. KEYS is dedicated to making changes in communities that will help kids eat healthy food and get the physical activity they need. KEYS members include local businesses, schools, government agencies, social services, and health organizations. KEYS began working together in 2008 and the following year, they received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

KEYS 4 HealthyKids is a partnership of community stakeholders whose goals is to implement healthy eating and active living policy and environmental change initiatives that can support healthier communities for children and families across the West Virginia. KEYS places special emphasis on reaching children who are at highest risk for obesity on the basis of race/ethnicity, income and/or geographic location.

You can learn more about their mission and programming at here.

Please help us congratulate KEYS 4 HealthyKids as our January Child Champion!

Do you know someone you'd like to nominate to be featured as a Child's Champion in our monthly newsletter? Please let us know! Contact Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.

Family 2 Family

The West Virginia Family-to-Family Health Information Center is on Facebook! Be sure to like and follow their page for news, support groups, trainings and other health information! Visit www.facebook.com/WVF2FHIC/ to "Like" the page!