Sports & Recreation
Healthy snack ideas (see below).
September Is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
By Tracie Hershberger
Environmental Health Specialist, SRPMIC Environmental Health Services

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. The problem with childhood obesity is that it puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The good news? Families can work together to provide opportunities for kids to eat and drink healthy to get a childís weight within the healthy range. Make a difference for your kids by creating a healthy eating environment and take the challenge to have healthy, portion-controlled snacks and drinks available so that your kids can help themselves at home or even grab it on the go!

Here are the easy 1-2-3 steps that your family can take to achieve this:

Plan and purchase healthy snack foods, drinks and portion-controlled storage containers at the grocery store.

When you get home, portion out the snacks into snack-size storage containers. Get your kids involved in helping you do this so they learn what are healthy snacks and drinks and the right portion to eat.

Be a role model and consume healthy portion control snacks and drinks yourself.

Make September the month to take these steps and support your kids in staying healthy and happy. Donít forget to spread the word about these strategies to those you think can get involved in this solution-focused campaign to address childhood obesity.

Find more information for ongoing services available through the SRPMIC Department of Health and Human Services. For example, the Youth Wellness Program started on Thursday, August 20, and space is still available. This program supports families in implementing healthy lifestyle habits. Contact Margaret Fisher, R.D., CDE, at (480) 362-6640 or

Additional information on healthy snacks and childhood obesity is available at the following websites:

Figure 1.
2 celery sticks cut in half + spread with a thin layer of cream cheese + 4 slices of turkey

Figure 2.
1 slice thin whole-wheat bagel + thin layer of hummus + 1 slice of large tomato

Figure 3.
3 pear quarters + 3 small spoons of natural peanut butter + sprinkle of granola

Figure 4.
2 multigrain crackers + sliced cheese + dill pickles

Figure 5.
Sliced oranges + water

Figure 6.
Lemon + water

Figure 7.
Snack-size Ziploc bags

Figure 8.
Mini round 4-oz. food storage containers

Figure 9. Infused water bottles

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