Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights 8/14/2018 Did you know? September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. About 1 in 6 children in the United States has obesity. Certain groups of children are more affected than others. Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes. They also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers. Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem. Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and get more active. Some tips include: Providing nutritious, lower-calorie foods such as fruits and vegetables in place of foods high in added sugars and solid fats. Try serving more fruit and vegetables at meals and as snacks. Making sure drinking water is always available as a no-calorie alternative to sugary beverages and limit juice intake. Helping children get the recommended amount of physical activity each day. Find age appropriate activities here: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/children/what_counts.htm Be a role model! Eat healthy meals and snacks and get the right amount of physical activity every day. To learn more visit: https://www.cdc.gov/features/childhoodobesity/index.html or https://www.aap.org/ Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.