One-third of children are overweight or obese. If we don’t reverse this trend this will be the first generation to live sicker and die younger than their parents.
The best place to teach healthy habits is at home. Parents can set a great example for the whole family by stocking their pantries with healthy foods, creating healthy new family traditions and getting active alongside their student.
What PTAs Can Do
- Healthy Lifestyles Program: Educates families on how to leverage community partnerships and collaborate with schools to advocate for and support healthy, sustainable changes around nutrition and physical activity.
- We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) (NIH: National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute): A science-based national education program designed to provide parents, caregivers and communities the tips and tools they need to help children stay at a healthy weight.
- We Can! Energize Our Families Parent Program (National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute): This multiple-session curriculum is designed to provide parents and primary caregivers with the knowledge and skills they need along with practical tools to help families maintain a healthy weight.