To really solve this epidemic for our kids, we have to be in this together–our families, our neighbors, our community centers, our local grocery stores. We can each make a transformative impact for the health of those in our homes and by including others in our efforts to be healthier, we can magnify that impact to reach outside our homes and throughout our communities.
Learn the ways to involve others in your health efforts and see how a community working together can change the lives of the individuals—of all ages—for the better.
Friends who share your interest in fitness and nutrition can help you become more health conscious and keep you accountable to your healthy eating and physical activity routines. This is even truer for kids. Our children will usually eat better and move more when their friends eat better and move more.
Pass It On
The future of health for our youth is influenced by the choices we make for them and the choices we help them make for themselves. But their future lifestyles are also influenced by the spaces where they spend their time, the places they eat their meals, and the policies in place at the organizations, clubs, and community centers they frequent. You can pass on your knowledge, passion, and goals to get everyone on board to create a healthier future for our next generation.
Talk with Your Local School
Research shows that school-based programs that strive to offer healthier foods and more opportunities to be physically active significantly influence a child’s environment, behavior, and their ability to succeed. These programs are highly effective in reducing childhood obesity and improving a child’s health. Do you know if your child’s school is committed to instilling a healthy and active lifestyle in your son or daughter?
Talk with Out-of-School Time Staff
Out-of-school time settings are the places where our kids spend their time before, after, and during school breaks. Studies have shown that youth in afterschool programs spend less time eating and watching television, more time engaged in physical activity, and are less likely to be obese. You child’s healthy habits can be reinforced during their time in out-of-school time settings.