Youth (6-17 yrs.)
One hundred years ago, lack of food, unsafe living conditions, and infections were significant health issues for children in the United States. Today, these conditions affect relatively few kids. However, today’s children face other equally serious health challenges. Poor diet, excess calories, and inadequate physical activity contribute to childhood obesity. Obesity increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Eating healthy foods and being physically active can help prevent these problems. A few small changes can make a really big difference and be fun, too!