In observance of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month IDEA, has compiled a list of our most relevant articles. Learn how different components of daily life can effect children’s obesity risk, how to fight obesity and how to create effective programming for children.
Fitness professionals are well suited to take a leading charge in the fight against childhood obesity. Learn how fit pros can increase physical activity in their local schools and communities, and how the fitness industry can play a meaningful role in reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. Read the full article here.
With the prevalence of childhood obesity continuing to rise, it is important for fitness professionals to understand the contributing factors to this epidemic and how to change them. This article looks at the known negative consequences of childhood obesity and recommendations for prevention and treatment. Read the full article here.
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Payment systems may be a potentially overlooked tool in guiding food selections in schools. This article looks at a research study which found that children who paid for their school lunches with cash instead of debit or credit cards made healthier choices and also ate less. Read the full article here.
Providing fun and healthy children’s programs at your facility is a great way to not only combat the growing obesity epidemic, but also to increase your bottom line. Learn how providing well-organized programs can lead to increased retention and increased membership among children and adults. Read the full article here.
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All of the major changes in preadolescence can make preteens more susceptible to weight gain. Exercise is an excellent way to help this demographic develop healthy lifestyle habits and maintain a healthy weight. Get tips from fitness professionals who specialize in this population on how to work with preadolescents and create programming for this group. Read the full article here.
Electronic use may be another important factor that is contributing to childhood obesity. This article looks at a research study which found that children who use electronic devices at night were more likely to have disrupted sleep patterns, a poorer diet quality, lower physical activity levels and a higher body weight. Read the full article here.
We may be looking at childhood obesity all wrong. Research has found that fatness leads to inactivity, but inactivity does not lead to fatness in children. This finding begs the question that if obesity does not stem from lack of physical activity, is excess energy intake the cause of both fatness and inactivity? Read the full article here.
The lack of physical activity for children in schools opens up a big opportunity for fitness professionals. Learn how fitness professionals can help fight the obesity epidemic by offering private training and kid friendly classes at their facilities. This piece also looks at how fit pros can partner with schools through hands-on work and advocacy efforts to increase physical activity among children. Read the full article here.
Children who are overweight or obese are at significantly higher risk for developing hypertension. These findings indicate that all overweight or obese children should be screened for hypertension during medical visits. Read the full article here.
The lack of physical education programs in schools means that many children get their introduction to physical activity through personal trainers. This means that it is essential for trainers to make the experience positive, engaging and empowering, because these experience will not only affect the child’s attitude toward fitness, but will help them to build lifelong healthy habits. Read the full article here.
With the lack of physical education programs in schools, it is becoming common for fitness professionals to volunteer their time working with children before and after school. Reining children back in after activity can be a challenge. Learn how to create a fun cool-down that kids will want to participate in. Read the full article here.
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