SEPTEMBER 2020
FEATURED CAUSE OF THE MONTH:
CHILDREN'S HEALTH & WELLNESS
September is Children's Health Awareness month. Making it the perfect time to shed light on a sensitive, yet incredibly important topic - childhood obesity.

In the United States today more than 13.7 million children between the ages of 2 and 19 have been identified as being obese, which is roughly 18.5% of the U.S. adolescent population.  

Obesity in a pediatric population is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile of the CDC’s recommended weight for age and sex. 


These numbers are reflective of both genders and all ethnicities.

Factors that affect childhood obesity include: access to healthy food choices, lack of physical activity and lack of knowledge of meal planning and general nutrition concepts.

Lack of physical activity is a large issue when it comes to childhood obesity. Many children spend their free time inside the home playing video games, watching television, surfing the internet and being glued to their smart phones engaging with social media.

These activities have replaced physical activities, resulting in lower daily calorie expenditure for the child (fewer daily calories burned overall).

However, limiting caloric intake for growing children may not be the best choice. Children need a certain amount of calories for optimal growth.

A child may not be an over eater, but rather an under exerciser. It is very important to encourage physical activity for a growing child, and to focus on nutrient dense, high-quality food choices to properly nourish and fuel them for growth.

Teaching children proper nutrition is very important to do at a young age. Eating habits can become learned behavior, so teaching a child about proper nutrition and exercise while the are young, sets them up for success long term.

Food should not be used as a reward for children when they get good grades or have good behavior. Doing this creates an unhealthy relationship around food.

Most Importantly, do not berate or belittle a child for excess weight as this behavior can create food issues for the child in the forms of disordered eating, such as anorexia, bulimia (binging and purging cycle) and orthorexia (obsessive behavior around food).
 
Below are tips for creating an environment of behavior that supports a healthy weight and well-being.     
Healthy Kid Tips!
  • Teach them young! Start educating on healthy food choices at an early age.

  • Encourage exercise and outdoor activity; limit time spent indoors on electronic devices.

  • Do not use food as a reward for good behavior.

  • Do not berate a child for weight gain, but encourage and work with them on healthy eating and exercise habits.
 
  • Encourage nutrient dense foods, real foods, not high calorie, processed foods and make them accessible to your child.
CHOLESTEROL EDUCATION AWARENESS

September is National Cholesterol Education month. This goal with this initiative is to inform people on the importance of understanding cholesterol and its effects on the body.

For a person with diabetes, unhealthy cholesterol levels in the body can exacerbate the condition of diabetes and lead to an increased risk of diabetes-related complications.

Cholesterol is a lipid (or fat) produced in the body that circulates in the blood
stream; these lipids lead to a build-up of plaque in the blood stream, which is the root cause of these complications.

Cholesterol is also a component in food. Those who practice strict vegetarianism, will likely consume very little amounts of cholesterol. Entirely plant based diets (Veganism) will contain little or no cholesterol.

An easy way to identify if a food has cholesterol is by asking yourself - "did it have a mother?" If yes, it contains cholesterol. Food items that contain dairy or eggs, also contain cholesterol because they are animal-based products: Ice Cream, half-n-half, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, just to name a few. Food and nutrition labels will indicate that a product does contain cholesterol.

Recommended daily cholesterol intake is 300mg or less. Even for people that do not have diabetes, it's important for them to follow these guidelines, too, in order to maintain good cardiovascular health.

A person with diabetes should test their cholesterol levels yearly and a person without diabetes should test every 5 years, after they reach the age of 20.
CHOLESTEROL-FREE BURGER SWAP!
A grilled Portobello mushroom cap is a delicious and hearty burger swap without the fat, calories and cholesterol of traditional ground beef. Check out this plant-based recipe swap here.



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SEPTEMBER 11 REMEMBRANCE
Remembering September 11, 2001 as the day the United States underwent four terrorist attacks by the Islamic Group Al-Qaeda, resulting in over 25,000 injured lives and 2,977 fatalities. We take a moment to remember the lives lost and the day that forever changed America.



Monday, September 7 was Labor Day. This holiday recognizes and honors the labor movement and contributions of laborers in the United States.
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