The children are back in school and whatever grade they find themselves in there is probably a list of needed items, lunch arrangements, after school activities and more...all aimed to help them learn and grow in a healthy manor. My grandchildren, ages 10 and 13, were asked to get the school a report of Body Mass Index and baseline Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Blood Sugar testing! Wow! Their school system is part of an ongoing research to prevent Childhood Obesity for the present time and prevent Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease in their future.
Why the focus on Childhood Obesity? In the past 20 years, the rate of obesity in children has increased from 7% to over 20%...and still climbing. Fingers have been pointed toward schools to improve lunch and snack quality, increase exercise time and quality (without adding to the school day). Schools now are attempting to educate the parents to reduce TV and internet "screen" time and encourage outdoor play, sport training and walking, biking etc for general fitness. I have been pleased to see an increase in the "active" time of church activities for children and teens. We can all help by planning healthy snacks that are low in sugars and unhealthy fats.
I am using this beginning information about prevention and reversal of childhood obesity to introduce information about Diabetes. Did you know this about Diabetes?
Together we can have new ReCreation. Learning how play, sport, and worship can restore us to health in body and spirit.
Resources for this topic include:
Church Health Reader chreader.org
Childhood Obesity, Teen Inc magazine
Faith Community Nurse newsletter BayCare Aug/2015