One in three children in New Jersey are considered overweight or obese, and the state ranks 27th in the overall prevalence of childhood obesity. Also, nationally, the cost of childhood obesity health care is a staggering $14 billion per year.
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.
New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) is working with partners across New Jersey to implement environmental and policy changes that support access to affordable healthy foods and increase opportunities for physical activities that help children achieve a healthy weight.
“Since 2009, we’ve expanded our impact to improve the health and well-being of children in more than 45 New Jersey communities,” said Darrin Anderson, state deputy director, NJPHK. From assisting with the development of community and school wellness policies to renovating neighborhood playgrounds, to securing commitments to provide healthier choices in local corner stores, to creating bike lanes and co-sponsoring fun and fitness events—NJPHK is focused on helping to make the healthy choice the easy choice for children and families.
In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, below are just a few tips to help families’ lead healthier lifestyles:
Taking small steps as a family can help children stay at a healthy weight. For more information, visit www.njhealthykids.org.