ERIC Number: EJ883569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 19
Healthier Lifestyles for Young Children: Partnering with Families
Simpson, Cynthia G.; Gray, Jon P.; Waldrep, Staci; Gaus, Mark D.
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v37 n1 p15-22 Win 2009
Children in the United States are less active and more overweight today than at any time in history, and there has been a dramatic increase in obesity. Obesity can lead to physical and psychological health issues. Many adults recognize the health issues that can stem from childhood obesity, but may not be aware of the clear implication of the social consequences including discrimination and bullying that may directly result from this disease. During the past 3 decades, childhood obesity rates have more than doubled for children ages 3 to 5 and have more than tripled for children ages 6 to 11 years. In 2004, approximately 9 million children older than age 6 were considered to be obese (Institute of Medicine, 2004). Most experts agree that "attention should be given to prevention and the development of preventive strategies at all ages." This article outlines five steps that educators can take to help children and their families adopt healthier lifestyles. The five steps recommended in this article offer concrete ways to offer more nutritious foods and increase physical activities for children and those who care for them.
Descriptors: Obesity, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness, Children, Life Style, Child Health, Family Programs, Physical Health, Prevention, Nutrition, Food, Eating Habits, Physical Activity Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States