Obesity Trends In Children

One of the greatest health concerns affecting our children is the epidemic of obesity and overweight. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that among young people, the prevalence of overweight decreased for those aged 2-5 years, from 13.5% in 2003-2004 to 8.4% in 2011-2012 (1). However, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has remained fairly […]

Ideas For An Active Lifestyle

Daily activity is part of a healthy lifestyle for any family. For children age 4-6 who are mastering basic movement skills such as catching, rolling, bouncing, kicking and tossing a ball, jumping, walking on a balance beam, running, pedaling a tricycle, and hitting a ball with a bat it’s an exciting time of many first […]

Preventing Pre-Diabetes in Your Child

What is pre-diabetes in children and how can it be prevented? Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have “pre-diabetes.” In adults, it may take ten years to progress from pre-diabetes to diabetes but by that time much damage could have occurred. With decreased activity and excess weight, we are seeing a rise in pre-diabetes […]

Preschool and Pre-Diabetes

Pre-diabetes is now seen in children as early as preschool age. Excess calorie intake and weight gain above recommended amounts can lead to pre-diabetes. Excess food intake in preschool-age children Preschool and school-age children can consume a significant portion of their daily calories in one meal. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) […]