Picture DeKalb Healthy: Obesity Prevention
Join us in promoting National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!
September marks National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States. Childhood obesity puts America’s children at early risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease—conditions usually associated with adulthood.
But it’s not too late to turn this epidemic around. Communities can work to promote healthy lifestyles for children by:
- Improving children’s access to healthy foods and beverages — at home, at school, and at local events and venues.
- Creating and maintaining safe neighborhoods for physical activity and improving access to parks and playgrounds
- Providing plenty of fruits and vegetables, limiting foods high in solid fats and added sugars, and preparing healthier foods at family meals.
Ensuring children and adolescents get 60 minutes or more of play activity each day is another way to promote healthy living. Check out the info-graphic below for ways to to add in “Lean Time” to your child’s day.
For more information, visit MakingHealthEasier.org/GetMoving
Go Biking in DeKalb County!
Looking for a fun alternative way to stay in shape? Look no further than around the corner! DeKalb County is home to many safe bike routes with scenic views of your favorite neighborhoods. So pump those tires up, grab your helmet and check out the bike routes right here in your DeKalb County.
- Stone Mountain Trail and Trolley Trail
- Stone Mountain: Clarkston to Stone Mountain
- Nancy Creek Trail
- Davidson- Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve: Lithonia
- Yellow River Trail: Stone Mountain Park
Benefits of Daily Exercise
How often do you exercise? Is it once a week? Twice a month? Well according to the American Heart Association, being active for 10-30 minutes once a day is ideal for keeping a healthy heart and staying in shape. Everyday activities like doing chores, biking, gardening, and walking your dog can benefit your overall health which can prevent diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. The key is to pick an activity that you enjoy and stick with it!
Here is a simple weekly workout plan via Real Simple that is great for beginners! This can be done at the gym or in your home. As with any new exercise routines, please consult with your physician before beginning!
Monday: Cardio of your choice such as aerobics, jogging, or cycling.
Tuesday: Upper Body
- Bicep curls-10 reps. Start off with light weights from 1-5 lbs.
- Triceps kick-backs- 10 reps
- Shoulder presses- 10 reps
- Repeat circuit twice
- Crunches- 20 reps
- Bicycle crunches- 20 reps
- Oblique crunches- 20 reps
- Plank: hold for 30 seconds
- Side plank: hold for 30 seconds on each side
Thursday: Lower Body
- Walking lunges- 10 on each side
- Wall squat- hold for 30 seconds
- Calf raises- 30 on both legs then 15 on each leg
- Jump squat- 10 reps
- Repeat circuit twice
Friday: Cardio of your choice such as aerobics, jogging, or cycling.
MALP: Learn more about the Master Active Living Plan (MALP) and how it will impact your community.