One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented! In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (NWCOVNA) encourages your family to:
• Get active outside — walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
• Limit screen time — keep inactive (sitting down) screen time to 2 hours or less a day.
• Make healthy meals — buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.
Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.
NWCOVNA offers the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program which is free of charge if you:
• Live in Colorado
• Are pregnant, breastfeeding, and/or have a child under 5 years
• Have a family income less than WIC guidelines (call our clinic for guidelines)
• WIC welcomes men! Fathers, grandparents, and other guardians play an important role in caring for their children
The WIC Program provides:
• Personalized nutrition consultations
• Breastfeeding information, support and referrals
• Checks to buy free, healthy food to supplement what you already buy
• Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing, lactation support and other services that can benefit the whole family
Call us today to see if you qualify. In Craig call 970-871-7653 and in Steamboat Springs call 970-871-7643.
Arin M. Daigneau RD, CDE, IBCLC
WIC Director | Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association