Childhood obesity has become an alarming problem in the United States and world wide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 16 percent of children in the United States are considered overweight or obese. These children are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease,cancer, diabetes, and low-self esteem.
This program promotes healthy lifestyles in the Dothan area and educates families on practical ways to effectively reduce their risks for developing chronic health conditions. Here under the downloads section you will find a listing of resources on healthy eating and exercise habits. In addition to the website the program is offered to local elementary schools in a six-session format, taught during the physical education class time by the Living Well Fitness staff.
Tips for Healthy Living
Easy Choices to Improve Health:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Make sure all breads and pastas say “whole wheat” or “whole grain”
- Try to eat less high-fat, energy-dense foods such as ice-cream, sodas, and hot dogs
- Increase daily amount of physical activity- park further away from the store entrance and walk, go for a walk as a family after dinner
Check Out These Obesity Facts (some might surprise you!):
- 16% of children aged 6-19 are overweight or obese.
- In the past 3 decades the number of obese preschoolers has tripled.
- Overweight kids have a 70% chance of becoming overweight/obese adults.
- Nearly 1/3 of kids (7-19) eat fast food daily.
- Obesity associated annual hospital visits have risen from $35 million in 1981 to $127 million in 1999.
- About 60% of obese kids have at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor. 25% have two or more.
- Inpatient diabetes cases in children’s hospitals has increased 12% between 2002 and 2004.
- Children who are obese are more likely to become obese adults.34,35 Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cancer.
- If children are obese, obesity and disease risk factors in adulthood are likely to be more severe
Dare to Compare
Check out the information below in details the amount of physical activity you will need to do in order to burn the calories of what you have consumed.
- 4 Chocolate Chip Cookies = 4 miles walking
- 16 oz. fruit drink = 2 miles walking
- 1 Cup of Ice Cream = 3 miles walking
- 2 Glazed Doughnuts = 3 mile walking
- Large Fries = 4 miles walking
- 1 Can of Coke = 1 ½ miles walking
- 1 ½ bag of chips = 2 miles walking
- 1 Slice cheese pizza = 2 miles walking
- Stalk of celery with cream cheese = 1.45 miles
- 10 Wheat Thins = .9 miles
- 1/2 Cup of Fresh Fruit = .6 miles
- (1) Tangerine = .4 miles
- Baked Potato with Sour Cream = 1.5 miles
Use this healthy eating chart when making decisions on your food choices.
GREEN Light Foods
These are the lowest in fat and added sugar, they are “nutrient dense” which means they are full of vitamins and minerals, and are relatively low in calories. These foods are almost always a “Go”.
These foods include: vegetables, fruit, whole grain or whole wheat foods, skim milk, water, beans.
YELLOW Light Foods
Yellow light foods are higher in fat, added sugar, and calories than green light foods. These foods are okay occasionally, no more than several times per week.
These foods include: lean meats, most dairy products, waffles, pancakes, nuts.
RED Light Foods
CAUTION! These foods are the highest in fat and added sugar. They are high in calories and low in nutrients. These foods should only be consumed every now and them, and when they are consumed keep the portions small.
These foods include: chips, cake, candies, ice-cream, hot-dogs, juices, soda.