Finding Balance (Video From The CDD)

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More than one third of U.S. adults are obese. Weight gain occurs when you consume more calories than your body uses. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight will help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. The key is FINDING A BALANCE in your lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.

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Very Moving….Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS)

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Please show support for children with Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS)

This video really explains and helps you understand what PWS truly is…..

Prader Willi Syndrome is a congenital condition that significantly reduces muscle mass and causes cognitive delays. A common symptom of PWS is insatiable hunger, which often leads to obesity and can be life-threatening if left uncontrolled.

– Courtesy of The Doctors TV Show

Finding Balance

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Thank you to the CDC for providing this educational video…..

More than one third of U.S. adults are obese. Weight gain occurs when you consume more calories than your body uses. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight will help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. The key is FINDING A BALANCE in your lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.

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The Obesity Epidemic

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Thank you to the CDC for providing this excellent video…..

This video explains the many factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic, and showcases several community initiatives taking place to prevent and reduce obesity. Obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. We need to change our communities into places that strongly support healthy eating and active living.

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Making Health Easier – Video

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The video highlights the efforts of one educational organization, Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), to keep kids healthy at an early age. Childhood obesity now affects approximately one in six kids and disproportionately affects low-income and minority populations. LAUP teaches kids healthy habits and is incorporating small, healthy changes that can be made in any classroom—like teaching fun dances and providing nutritious snacks.

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– Thank you to the CDC for granting permission to use this video

CDC Vaccination Commercial

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I wanted to share this cute CDC Vaccination Commercial. For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.

Getting Kids Active

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kidsexercisevectorFrom Your Health Journal…..”A great article and video from NBC 13 in Iowa about getting children active by Megan Reuther. The article starts by discussing how childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States (and Iowa) – one out of three school age kids are overweight or obese. Adults are going to the gym to workout, but now, it appears many children are benefiting from fun workouts at their local gyms as well. Today’s article review is a very nice ‘local’ story about one health club with dedicated employees helping children be stronger, healthier, and fit. So many children are already showing risk factors for heart disease, with high levels of cholesterol and blood pressure. In addition, many children have type 2 diabetes, a disease once considered an adult issue. Change is needed, and this one local gym is making a change. Kids respond to exercise when it is novel and fun, and this local gym knows how to accomplish this. Please visit the NBC 13 site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I have included the embedded video below for your viewing pleasure.”

From the article…..

It’s a common sight to see adults working up a sweat at the gym, but now the clientele is getting younger as the nation fights the childhood obesity epidemic.

Doctors say one out of three school age kids are overweight or obese. Those are national statistics, but Iowa pediatricians say it’s a big concern because the Hawkeye state is following that trend. And, they say all kids need to exercise daily, no matter how much they weigh.

Kids at the Altoona Campus are moving. Personal Trainer Pat Smith says, “Alright let’s get warmed up.”

He teaches a six week youth hip hop class for kids 6 to 12. Nine-year-old participant Katalina Medina says, “It’s really fun. I like doing it a lot.”

Seven-year-old Gwen Willeford says, “It’s like Just Dance, playing it for a while.”

For 45 minutes once a week, these kids trade in the video games and just dance for real. Smith says, “There’s no pressure to do anything correctly. It’s just move around. Go nuts.”

Smith teaches a couple classes for kids at the campus. He says it’s important for people to move their muscles at early age, and he has to get creative to get them moving. He says, “You’ve got to match their energy levels all the time in order to keep up with kids. You’ve got to kind of let go and be a kid yourself.”

Whether it’s dancing or doing sports, doctors say it’s just important kids do something fun and age appropriate. Dr. Amy Shriver with Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic says, “The way you should approach physical activity is based on your child’s developmental level. You want to focus on what motor skills they’re actually able to do.”

To read the full article…..Click here

Coke Obesity Ad – Video

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Over the last week, we have written about the new Coke ads. Many of you have not seen them yet. It has stirred a lot of controversy and conversation!

From a page on You Tube:

“The well-being of our families and communities concerns everyone. And finding a solution will take continued effort from all of us. Watch to learn more about how we can all make a real difference. At Coca-Cola, we believe when people come together good things happen.”

Here’s the video for those that emailed me they have not seen it yet:

Michelle Obama Returns To Fight Against Childhood Obesity

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A great piece and video courtesy of Voice Of America…..

As U.S. President Barack Obama is inaugurated for a second term, his wife Michelle will be at his side. But the First Lady has been a significant force in her own right, tackling a major public health threat — obesity. It is a growing problem globally, raising rates of heart disease, cancer and diabetes; nowhere more so than in the United States. Health advocates say Mrs. Obama’s high-profile campaign against childhood obesity has helped bring much-needed attention to the issue.

Childhood Obesity Video

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One in five children in the United States is diagnosed with obesity. For the first time in history, this generation may be sicker and die younger than their parents. A great video with tips and facts that show help is needed to keep this generation of children healthy.

– Thank you to WCVB 5 – Boston