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Wellness Tip: Childhood Obesity Awareness

Image of several children running through grass with caption of Childhood Obesity Awareness MonthOne in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity 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 is that childhood obesity can be prevented. CCS encourages your family to make healthy changes together.

  • Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

For more information, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Julianne Dunn on December 13, 2019

        


Jars of water with fruit in themWhat you drink is as important as what you eat. Many beverages contain added sugars and often little or no nutrients, while others may provide nutrients but too much fat and too many calories. Jazz up your water by adding slices of fruit or fresh mint, rosemary, or basil. Try these Tips for Making Better Beverage Choices. For more helpful healthy tips visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Julianne Dunn on December 11, 2019

        


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Everyone experiences stress from time to time. Stress is a normal part of life, however, too much stress can be harmful. The American Heart Association recommends how to Fight Stress with Healthy Habits. For more healthful tips, check out wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Valerie Deane on February 4, 2019

        


Image of red and black sneakers.Although the weather is not predictable, Spring still has sprung! Celebrate the warmer season by finding new and creative ways to get active outdoors when the weather permits. Be sure to engage in activities you enjoy so you will be more likely to incorporate it into your daily routine. Try these 10 Tips: Physical Activity at Home, Work, and Play and/or Tips for increasing your physical activity. For more healthful tips, check out wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Craig Wilson on April 23, 2018

        


Image of a restaurant menu

When eating out, it can be easy to make poor choices due to convenience. Take time while at restaurants to decode the menu. Look for items that are baked, broiled, grilled, poached, steamed, boiled, or roasted. Take advantage of the 10 Tips: Eating Foods Away from Home or ideas from MyPlate, MyWins Tips: Make Your Takeout Healthier. For more healthful tips, check out wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Craig Wilson on February 15, 2018

        


Image of two hands holding a bowl of vegetables.Tired of the same old meals? Discover the many benefits of adding vegetables and fruits to your dish. They are low in fat and calories while providing fiber and other key nutrients. Vegetables and fruits don’t just add nutrition to meals. They can add color, flavor, and texture. Explore the creative ways to bring healthy foods to your table. Check out, Liven up your meals with vegetables and fruits today. For more health tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Craig Wilson on January 30, 2018

        


Salt shaker with the words eat less salt written in salt.Most of us get more sodium than we need. Even if you go easy on the salt shaker, your sodium intake may still be high. Packaged and prepared foods such as ready-to-eat products or restaurants meals are common sources of sodium. Learn about common sources of sodium. Begin the new year by making small changes that lead to big wins. For more healthy tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.
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Published by Craig Wilson on January 3, 2018

        


Mother and son raking leavesNow that summertime is over, lets warm up as temperatures cool down by staying active. Remember during the fall season, raking the leaves counts! Learn more Tips for an Active Lifestyle and how to Be an Active Family. For more healthful tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Craig Wilson on November 8, 2017

        


Dad and son on devicesLately, it can be difficult for all of us to pull away from the TV and cell phones. During National Childhood Obesity Month, let’s serve as role models by trying these tips for Reducing Screen Time and help your kids get active! Print out the Family’s Healthy Adventure and enjoy the many ways you and your family can get healthy together! For more health tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Craig Wilson on September 20, 2017

        


Image of fruits and vegetablesMost people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. This September, let’s participate in Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer, maintain or reach a healthy weight, and keep your body strong and active. Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day. Try keeping a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it, cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks, and challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week. Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun and worth it!

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Published by Craig Wilson on September 12, 2017