It saddens me to think that last month we had to celebrate that the obesity rate for preschoolers had declined by a percentage point in five states. The reality is that we still can say one out of eight preschoolers is obese.
Now that I’m a parent, I’m more aware of these trends than ever. I agree with our expert Josh that it is important to model healthy behavior, both in nutrition and activity, for our son. I can only hope that he enjoys sports and dance as much as my husband and I do. And perhaps we’ll find a way to celebrate this “holiday” when he’s a little older.
Celebrating Family Health and Fitness Day
Americans young and old have been gaining weight and slowing down. A report on physical activity and health from the U.S. Surgeon General’s office in the late 1990s found that “nearly half of young people aged 12-21 are not vigorously active on a regular basis” and that more than 60% of adults aren’t as active as they should be.
These findings led to the creation of Family Health and Fitness Day on September 28, a celebration marking its 17th year in 2013 that celebrates activity for the whole family.