What All Parents Should Know About Childhood Obesity

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Provides parents an overview of the childhood obesity epidemic and the solutions needed to fix the problem, including Is-POD, the In School Prevention of Obesity and Disease (IS-POD) Program, Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK) Curriclum, and FitnessGram, a software designed to track and calibrate individual fitness levels. To learn more, visit http://ispod.info/

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  • Of the risk factors contributing to this problem, excess weight is the “most expensive” for adults, while physical inactivity ranks at the top for children.
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  • What All Parents Should Know About Childhood Obesity

    1. 1. IS MY CHILD AT RISK? <ul><li>What All Parents Should Know About Childhood Obesity </li></ul>
    2. 2. THE PROBLEM <ul><li>“ For the first time in more than 100 years, our children’s life expectancy is declining due to the increase in overweight .” </li></ul><ul><li>~New England Journal of Medicine </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    3. 3. OBESITY RATES HAVE GROWN TO ALARMING HEIGHTS IN THE LAST 15 YEARS <ul><li>We are in a CRISIS </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    4. 4. <ul><li>In North Carolina almost half of our children and adolescents are overweight or obese. </li></ul><ul><li>North Carolina has the fifth highest rate of overweight and obese youth. </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    5. 5. <ul><li>Physical Inactivity Leads to Heart Disease as Adults </li></ul><ul><li>Overweight children have a 70% chance of being overweight as adults—leading to diabetes, stroke and other serious diseases </li></ul><ul><li>Overweight and inactive children are 600 times more likely to develop heart disease as adults </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    6. 6. WE NEED YOUR HELP! <ul><li>Obesity affects every organ system in a child’s body. </li></ul><ul><li>It can do so in a much more profound way than in adults because children are still growing and developing. </li></ul>6 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    7. 7. What's the Big Deal... Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity cost the State an estimated $57 billion annually in avoidable medical expenses, workers compensation claims and lost productivity . That amount is predicted to sky rocket to $75 billion by 2011 unless preventative measures are taken. Tipping the Scales : Obesity and unhealthy lifestyles have become a weighty problem for the North Carolina economy. www.beactivenc.org North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    8. 8. <ul><li>If just 3% of overweight or obese North Carolinians achieved a normal weight through healthy eating and regular movement, we would save over $3 billion . That’s more than enough to fund the public university system for an entire year and enough to fund 68,000 new jobs. </li></ul>3% North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    9. 9. THE SOLUTIONS <ul><li>“ If the current trend continues, obesity is expected to replace tobacco as the leading PREVENTABLE cause of death.” Journal of the American Medical Association , 2005 </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    10. 10. By partnering with public schools, NCAAHPERD will work with current physical education teachers and programs to create policy change that addresses obesity prevention in these critical times. The North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance North Carolina Department of Public Instruction North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    11. 11. North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Thank You By Supporting Prevention , the Trust seeks to promote wellness by providing health information, health services, and systems level interventions before conditions occur or are diagnosed. KBR provided significant grant monies to fund NCAAHPERD’s IsPOD program.
    12. 12. <ul><li>Physical activity and physical education are very different. </li></ul><ul><li>Physical education is the first line of defense in the prevention of childhood obesity. </li></ul><ul><li>What we are working towards… </li></ul><ul><li>150 required minutes of quality healthful living per week for elementary students </li></ul><ul><li>225 required minutes of quality healthful living per week for secondary students </li></ul><ul><li>How can we achieve that goal? </li></ul><ul><li>IsPOD : In-school Prevention of Obesity and Disease </li></ul>What NCAAHPERD believes… North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    13. 13. <ul><li>Less than 1/3 of North Carolina children receive the recommended 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity each day – activity which makes them breathe hard and sweat. </li></ul><ul><li>How often and how many minutes of physical education does your child have per week? </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    14. 14. <ul><li>Education encourages changes in attitudes and behaviors. </li></ul><ul><li>Daily, quality physical education and health provide the foundation for knowledge and the skills to become more physically fit, healthier and happier adults. </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    15. 15. THE IN-SCHOOL PREVENTION OF OBESITY AND DISEASE: ISPOD <ul><li>Trains all physical educators grades K-8 in the SPARK curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Puts “fun” while learning back into physical education </li></ul><ul><li>Uses FITNESSGRAM for assessment and reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Improves physical activity and eating habits </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the number of overweight and obese children in grades K-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Helps develop lifetime fitness skills </li></ul><ul><li>Will affect public policy towards obesity </li></ul><ul><li>prevention in our schools </li></ul>Introducing ISSY North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    16. 16. <ul><li>Research-based </li></ul><ul><li>21 st century physical education </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy lifestyles </li></ul><ul><li>Motor skills </li></ul><ul><li>Movement knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Social and personal skills </li></ul><ul><li>And FUN!!! </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    17. 17. FITNESSGRAM North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    18. 18. <ul><li>“ It [SPARK] is full of ideas for every type of child and it makes you want to try no matter what the skill level.” </li></ul><ul><li>~Libby Fowler, Ellenboro Elementary, Rutherford County </li></ul><ul><li>“ SPARK makes you feel good and if children feel good they feel successful…With SPARK and FITNESSGRAM we are all going to be ‘speaking the same language’ all across the state as far as curriculum and assessment are concerned.” </li></ul><ul><li>~Nancy Hoover, Program Specialist, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County </li></ul>WHAT TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS ARE SAYING… North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    19. 19. BENEFITS OF ISPOD <ul><li>Change Behavior; </li></ul><ul><li>Affect Public Policy </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    20. 20. BEHAVIOR <ul><li>Physical education teaches skills used to learn lifetime activities </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    21. 21. <ul><li>Studies have shown: </li></ul><ul><li>Increased levels of physical activity result in greater academic success in areas such as math, science, reading and social studies </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    22. 22. <ul><li>Healthy children mean fewer sick days from school and therefore, less parent leave time from work </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    23. 23. AFFECT PUBLIC POLICY <ul><li>Both Governor Purdue and the CEO of the North Carolina State Board of Education have supported the need for greater levels of targeted obesity prevention services within the school setting. </li></ul>Our Physical Education staff at DPI supports the efforts of NCAAHPERD to improve the physical health of all our students. Using the SPARK curriculum, continuously evaluating it and at the same time collecting valuable student data helps us emphasize a preventative approach to health. An Excerpt From a Letter of Support from State Superintendent, Dr. June Atkinson North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    24. 24. WHAT YOU CAN DO AT HOME <ul><li>Help change ATTITUDES </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    25. 25. GET INVOLVED IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EVERY DAY WITH YOUR CHILDREN; IT’S GOOD FOR THEM AND YOU ! <ul><li>Take a walk </li></ul><ul><li>Play catch </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    26. 26. PREPARE MORE MEALS AT HOME <ul><li>Did you know that more children drink sugar sweetened beverages such as soda, sweet tea, and kool-aid than eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day? </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions?? </li></ul><ul><li>Cook meals in advance and freeze them </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a menu </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to recommended portion sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    27. 27. LIMIT SCREEN TIME <ul><li>Turn off the video games </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead to limit the amount of TV watched during the week </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep is important in maintaining good health </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance GET PLENTY OF SLEEP AT NIGHT
    28. 28. OUR NEXT MOVE TOGETHER North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    29. 29. “ Statistics aside, let us apply some common sense. Childhood obesity is a problem that can definitely be solved because obesity is preventable, obesity is reversible , and adults are responsible for childhood obesity . This is a critical national priority. Every responsible adult must act to make sure our children and youth are exposed to quality physical activity, quality physical education, and quality health education on a regular basis.” “ Our collective future depends upon it.” Town of Snow Hill, NC – The walk to de-Feet Childhood Obesity Adults are responsible for childhood obesity … North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    30. 30. WHAT CAN YOU, AS A PTA MEMBER, DO TO HELP? <ul><li>How Will You and NCAAHPERD Work Together? </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    31. 31. FROM NCAAHPERD… <ul><li>We provide every physical educator with a DVD and CD that depicts the overweight/obesity problem in children and offers solutions through physical education. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit www.ispod.info to see the results of our evaluations by counties on our Data Map. </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    32. 32. <ul><li>Get involved with your child’s “activity” lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>Be an active role-model </li></ul><ul><li>Help your school with physical education assessments (i.e. FITNESSGRAM and online surveys) </li></ul><ul><li>On PTA nights, visit your child’s physical education teacher and ask these questions: </li></ul><ul><li>How often does my child have physical education </li></ul><ul><li>class and who makes those decisions? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you use SPARK and FITNESSGRAM? </li></ul><ul><li>Is my child taking the online IsPOD surveys? </li></ul>What can you do? North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    33. 33. <ul><li>Contact your school principal and school superintendent </li></ul><ul><li>Go to a school board meeting and a (School Health Advisory Committee) SHAC meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Contact your county and state policymakers and lobby for required daily minutes of physical education </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Be a role model – advocate for healthy children…
    34. 34. SUPPORTING PARTNERS: <ul><li>The Department of Public Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>The NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund </li></ul><ul><li>BlueCross BlueShield of NC Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>NC Healthy Schools </li></ul><ul><li>The Department of Health and Human Services, NC Division of Public Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch </li></ul><ul><li>The American Heart Association </li></ul><ul><li>Be Active NC </li></ul><ul><li>NC Action for Healthy Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance for Health </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance for a Healthier Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Eat Smart, Move More NC </li></ul><ul><li>Institute of Higher Education </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    35. 35. Taking Action To Promote Obesity Prevention Policy <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><li>NCAH is an independent, statewide coalition of individuals, businesses & nonprofits working to promote obesity and tobacco prevention policies before NC's legislative and executive branches. </li></ul><ul><li>Obesity Prevention Policy Priority Areas Include: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Education/Physical Activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nutrition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Built Environments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Learn More and Get Active for Policy Change at </li></ul><ul><li>www.ncallianceforhealth.org </li></ul>
    36. 36. NC Action for Healthy Kids <ul><li>Become a member today! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network with like-minded individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help promote Local Wellness Policy resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in events to educate communities about children’s health-related issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay informed on best practices for Local Wellness Policy   </li></ul></ul>Vision All kids develop the lifelong habits necessary to promote health and learning. Mission To engage diverse organizations, leaders, and volunteers in actions that foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in children, youth, and schools.
    37. 37. Eat Smart, Move More NC Who is it for? Anyone who wants to Eat Smart, Move More and lead a healthier lifestyle. How do you get it? The Eat Smart, Move More Web site has tips, tools, recipes and other information that will help you eat smart and move more wherever you live, learn, earn, play and pray. Visit www.MyEatSmartMoveMore.com
    38. 38. <ul><li>Community Solutions to Change Physical Activity Statewide </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Active Parents & Guardians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parenting for Health (web-based empowerment & advocacy) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.parentingforhealth.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Active Community Outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be Active Van (fitness testing & physical activity comes to your community) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Advocate for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early Childhood Nutrition & Physical Activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.beactivekids.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Nutrition & Physical Activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check us out on the web at www.beactivenc.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to get informed and involved! </li></ul></ul>2250 Perimeter Park Drive Suite 120 Morrisville, NC 27520 919.287.7000 919.287.7001(FAX) To empower North Carolinians to live healthy, physically active lifestyles. Mission All North Carolinians will have the knowledge, skills and opportunities to lead physically active lives. Vision
    39. 39. CONTACT US <ul><li>Questions about IsPOD, SPARK or FITNESSGRAM programs? </li></ul><ul><li>Lauren – Toll Free Phone: 877-NCSPARK(627-7275) </li></ul><ul><li>Media inquiries? </li></ul><ul><li>Lindsey - Toll Free Phone: (888) 840-6500 </li></ul><ul><li>www.ncaahperd.org & www.ispod.info </li></ul>North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

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