Healthy habits start at home and can save a child from needing medical care in the future for certain preventable illnesses.# Forming healthy family habits is more important than ever due to the threatening epidemic of childhood obesity Georgia is facing. Family influence plays a strikingly large role in childhood obesity; in fact, children with an obese parent are 50 percent more likely to be obese themselves.
Weighing in just below Mississippi, Georgia has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the United States. Nearly one in three children ages 10 to 17 in Georgia is considered to be overweight or obese (National Survey of Children”s Health, 2007), and Children”s Healthcare of Atlanta is continuing to witness a steady rise in obesity cases at all three of its hospitals.
To foster an environment of healthy living for you and your kids, Children”s suggests the following simple tips:
” #Encourage your family to spend one less hour in front of the television and one more hour of physical activity per day to help offset the extra calories consumed.
” #Eat a light, healthy snack before sitting down to dinners to decrease your appetite and avoid overeating.
” #Serve water with meals instead of sugary beverages like lemonade, alcohol and sweet tea.
” #Provide fruit and vegetable platters as healthy alternatives to more fattening appetizers.
” #Encourage your family to fill at least half of their plates with fruits and vegetables.
” #Enjoy a family game of touch football instead of watching the games on television.
” #Take a family walk after your meal as this will help you feel energized rather than lethargic.
” #Remember that parents serve as role models for their children, so make sure your actions are ones that you would want your children to follow.
Children”s Healthcare of Atlanta brings pediatric health care close to home. Children”s has 16 neighborhood locations around metro Atlanta, offering immediate care, primary care, surgery, rehabilitation and other specialty services. Children”s offers access to more than 1,600 pediatric physicians representing 30-plus pediatric specialties.
Children”s Healthcare at Satellite Boulevard
2660 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30096-5803
Services at This Location
” #Fracture Care
” #Immediate Care
” #Outpatient Surgery
” #Orthotics and Prosthetics
” #Sleep Center
” #Sports Medicine
Children”s Sports Medicine of Snellville
2220 Wisteria Drive
Snellville, GA 30078
Children”s Healthcare of Suwanee
3640 Burnett Rd
Suwanee, GA 30024
Services at This Location:
” #Sports Medicine
For more information about Children”s, please visit www.choa.org.