Help Combat Childhood Obesity

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In partnership with Erie County Department of Health and UPMC Health Plan, The BayHawks's Project:FIT Program is intended to help promote healthy habits to children throughout Erie. One of the main issues facing children in Erie and across the country is obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17% of kids right now are considered obese.  Together we can help prevent childhood obesity, giving the tools our youth need to grow up and live a long, healthy life.  

Tips on how to help reduce your child's risk of having weight-related issues.

  • 60 minutes of physical activity per day

  • Get the whole family involved in choosing, preparing and cooking healthy meals

  • Talk about making healthy life choices like limiting screen time, eating fruits and vegetables, portion control, and staying active

  • Avoid depriving your child of their foods or labeling any food as "bad", and instead talk to them about the importance of balance and moderation 

Ways for your family to have a conversation about keeping a healthy lifestyle

  • Reinforce positive behaviors and talk about the benefits of staying fit and eating right

  • Avoid using the words diet, fat, or any other negative words surrounding this topic

  • Encourage everyone to do things they enjoy as well as step out of their comfort zone and try new things

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