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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

August 29, 2019

Alaska, Education, Child Welfare,

Did you know that about 1 in 5 (19%) children in the U.S. are obese?

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, an opportunity for early childhood educators and families to learn more about this serious health condition and the many ways to support children on their journey to good health.

Obesity is an increasing health concern for our children. Because so many young children spend a significant portion of their week in child care, early childhood education programs have a unique opportunity to work with families in combatting childhood obesity.

In 2016, the Center for Disease Control released its Early Care and Education State Indicator Report to show how states have promoted obesity prevention efforts in program settings. In Alaska, thread and Learn & Grow, Alaska's Quality Recognition & Improvement System (QRIS), are assisting programs implement best health practices to help prevent childhood obesity.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, there are many things parents can do to help their children achieve a healthy weight and maintain it:

Equipped with these best practices, early childhood education programs and families are on track to help prevent childhood obesity and teach children life-long healthy habits.

For other tips, and to learn more about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, click here.