September is National Childhood Obesity Month

September is National Childhood Obesity month and child health advocates are discussing ways to reduce the growing problem in the United States. One in five Kentucky children is obese. As a result, kids are showing up in doctors’ offices with what used to be considered adult diseases, like Type-2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Norton Children’s Prevention and Wellness’ Nikki Boyd says parents can play a huge role in battling the problem by doing things like feeding the family healthy foods, like fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Boyd also emphasizes physical fitness, particularly cardiovascular activities and building strength and flexibility. She says to avoid sugary drinks and snack on fruits and vegetables. Norton Children’s is using a grant from Kohl’s Cares to promote child health.

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