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September 7, 2018
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and while you’ve probably heard about the dangers of being overweight or obese, you may find it hard to make the necessary lifestyle changes as a family. Together we can learn healthy behaviors, and community-based organizations like the YMCAs of Tampa Bay, can provide a helping hand.
Here in Florida, the childhood obesity stands at 36.6 percent for 10- to 17-year-olds. Nationally, 31.2 percent of youth in this age range are overweight or obese. In fact, Florida is ranked the 4th highest in the entire country! If unchecked, obesity puts kids at risk for many chronic diseases seen in adults such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
As a leading voice in health and wellness, the Y offers programs like youth sports, swim lessons and family fitness classes. We can help you understand the dangers of childhood obesity and help improve eating and exercise habits as a family.
While outside support is key, developing healthy habits begins at home. Here are some ways to incorporate healthier habits into your daily family routine:
To learn how the Y can help improve your family’s health and potentially reduce the impact of childhood obesity, visit www.ymcatampabay.org/find-your-y/ and check out what healthy living programs are offered at the location most convenient to you!