Blue Cross and Blue Shield has developed a program to help doctors in their efforts to treat childhood obesity. The program was first tested in North Carolina, where one-third of all children are obese or overweight.
The Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes Prevention Pilot Program will be active in ffive states in an effort to help reduce childhood obesity and prevent future cases of diabetes.
The following is from a press release announcing the program:
The toolkit materials display healthy messages from The Good Health Club, a group of animal characters. The Good Health Club encourages kids to:
- Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day
- Limit screen time to 2 hours or less
- Get at least 1 hour of physical activity
- Limit sweetened drinks to 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. Obese children or teens are at risk for health problems like heart disease and diabetes – the two leading causes of death in the United States. The prevalence of obesity among children ages 6 to 11 has more than doubled in the past 20 years from 6.5 percent in 1980 to 17 percent in 2006.1
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