It's no secret our country has a problem with childhood obesity. One in three U.S. children is overweight or obese, which can lead to serious health problems now and later. In western Kentucky, 43 percent of children in a recent study were classified as overweight or obese.
Baptist Health Paducah is doing its part by initiating and supporting several programs in the region aimed at educating, informing and alleviating the national epidemic of childhood obesity. Our goal is to make children -- and their caregivers -- "heart smart."
Kids may need some motivation to get active. Parents should monitor activity levels and nutrition for their children. Parents can be role models by being active and eating super healthy meals, instead of super-sized fast food.
Tips for a healthier lifestyle
- Why should kids not sit too long in front of the TV or computer?
- How can grown-ups set good examples to help kids get moving?
- How can you change what your kids are eating?
- Healthy fast food options and other tips
- Add colorful foods to your diet
- For tips on improving your children's nutrition, visit www.eatright.org/kids/
- Baptist Health Paducah partners with WPSD Local 6 on getactivetoday.com/paducah, a program that promotes fitness and healthy lifestyles.
- Kohl's and Baptist Health Paducah partner to promote middle school health