Reduce your child’s risk for childhood obesity with these tips.

Obesity is one of the leading epidemics in the country. While it was once a condition that primarily affected adults, in recent years it has also taken its toll on kids. Obesity has detrimental health effects that can severely inhibit the health of your child. Help to prevent childhood obesity by promoting good health early. Check out these tips to help you get started.

Eat Healthily.

When it comes to maintaining good health, your diet is important. The foods that you eat play a huge role in your weight. Avoids foods high in salt, sugar, and fat, and encourage your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. While it’s okay to eat a treat every once in a while, focus on providing your kids with a nutritious, well-balanced diet.

Stay Active.

When it comes to keeping your kids healthy, it’s important to get in plenty of exercise. Kids should engage in at least an hour of exercise daily to lead a healthy life. From walking to a pick-up game of basketball to tree climbing to taking a dance class, there are lots of ways in which your child can be active. Encourage these activities and set a good example for your kids by getting in your exercise.

Talk to Your Kids About Health.

Good health is important, and the habits you make as a child carry with you throughout your life. Help to set your kids up for success by talking about health. Help them understand that eating well and exercising are key elements of a healthy lifestyle. Keep your kids engaged by having them help cook a healthy meal or going on evening walks as a family. That way your kids have the tools that they need to be fit and active.

Take steps toward the well-being of your child and get your children involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley. We have many programs that encourage outdoor activities, personal development, and fun!