America’s struggle with weight has reached epidemic proportions, and childhood obesity is a growing concern for healthcare provider, children and parents. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008.
Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., R.D., associate clinical professor of pediatrics and director of the nutrition clinic at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University outlined seven simple tips parents can use to help their children foster a healthy relationship with food during and after school.
- Review School Lunch Menus
- Send Lunch Replacements or Supplements
- Find Out When Your Child Eats Lunch
- Involve Your Kids in Making Lunch
- Provide a Good Breakfast
- Restrict Their Funds
- Set a Good Example at Home