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Thursday, March 11, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-lst Grade Principal and Rodney Martinez 2nd-3rd Grade Principal Childhood Obesity More than 15 percent of American schoolchildren today are seriously obese. Another 15 percent are over- weight. That is nearly one in three children - and the numbers are worse for Hispanic and Africhn - Ameri- can youngsters. Not only do those extra pounds hurt children's self-image, they a re also doing damage to their lifelong health. Obesity is directly linked to all of the diseases we fear most - diabetes, cancer, heart disease and strokes. As parents, we have to help our children make better decisions. Really look at your child. Years ago, it was easy to tell when children were over- weight because they looked so different from their peers. Not any more. Instead, parents need to take a realistic look at their children. Children should not have "jelly bellies, or double chins. Their thighs should not rub together when they walk. Their stomachs should not bulge over the top of their pants. Get the official word. Ask the doctor to calculate your child's body mass index (BMI), which measures body fat based on height and weight, to determine if your child's weight is what it should be. The doctor can also do additional mea- surements, such as a skin fold test, to determine if weight is becoming a problem. Help them grow out of it. , Overweight children do not always have to resort to strict diets. Making changes to what they eat and drink and increasing their exercise is usually all that is needed. In fact, whether your child is overweight or not, you might consider "making these healthy changes to your family's lifestyle: Change what they drink. If your child drinks whole milk and sugary sodas, making the switch to nonfat milk and either water or sugar-free sodas will make a huge difference. Sodas are particularly bad, providing no nutrition in exchange for a ton of calories and an increased risk of tooth decay. Even healthy drinks, like fruit juice, can pack on pounds if kids have more than a few servings a day. Consider substituting fruit and eliminating the juice. Teach them how to make smart choices at school and at fast food restaurants. Anything deep-fried, from fish filets to French fries, delivers too many calories and fat. Less obvious "dan- ger" foods are sauces, creamy salad dressings and mayo. And children should not be "super sizing" anything. Reform your house. If the junk is not in the house, the kids cannot grab it when they are hungry. Change your grocery list (and what you pack in their lunches) to include lots of fruits and vegetables and cut back on snack foods, like chips and cookies. Cut back on TV- and TV eating. Snacking while watching TV is a dangerous combi- nation. Children often zone out in front of the TV and snack - whether they are hungry or not. Plus, hours of TV means hours that they are not doing active things. Make the TV zone a food-free area and put a limit on how much time they spend watching TV and playing video games. Exercise as a family. Why not make your family time active? Go to the gym, walk, or ride bikes together. Everyone will feel better and see more of each other. Start healthy lifestyle changes today. Finding out that your child should shed a few pounds can be embarrassing both for you and your child. But make sure it does not become an issue. Unfortunately, eating disorders are a growing problem. Children wKo become too focused on what they eat, how much they exercise, and how they look can put their very lives in danger. Do not make weight a focus. Concentrate, in- stead, on improving the way both they and the rest of your family eats and exercises. *** The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adver- sity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviv- ing prosperity. -Alan Gregg MARTENSDALE GIRLS AT STATE q SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES F SPONSORED BY: r *COMMUNITY STATE BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *JJ DESIGNS CUSTOM embroidery/screen print - 953-6306 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *MAID RITE SANDWICH SHOP 981-1031 *NORWALK INSURANCE SERVICES 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 ..... i ;: IdeasJ (NAPS)--All fats are not created equal. For example, Smart Balance spread has been shown to balance cho- lesterol ratios. The patented blend of all-natural vegetable oils contains no hydro- genated or interesterified fats or palm kernel oil. $** The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, America's largest health care founda- tion, is working to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Go to www.rwj f.org/goto/checklist for tips and queons to help you prepare for your next medical visit. Brittney Kubik !i!!ijiii!iiiiiiii!i!iiiiiiF!!iiiiiiiiiiijiiii :iiiji!iiiiiiiii:iiii!!!!iii!!i!!i!iii:i!i:i:iiii!  !iiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiMii iliiiiiiiiiiii;!i;ii? :!i!ii!iiiiiiii;iiiii! !!!:i i; ii; i00!i00!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii .... PJ Estell. Photos by Dave Smith Photography. "The codfish lays ten thousand eggs, The homely hen lays one. The codfish never cackles To tell you what she's done. And so we scorn the codfish, While the humble hen we prize, Which only goes to show you That it pays to advertise." - Anonymous i GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL pictures for NORWALK HIGH SCHOOL and MARTENSDALE-ST. MARYS HS will be in the March 11th issue! Photos by Dave Smith Photography