October - Childhood Obesity and World Stroke Day

Childhood Obesity Awareness

Today, about 1 in 3 American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.  Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood.  These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. And excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood. 

Parents and teachers, you can help your kids have a healthy childhood and teach them healthy habits to take into adulthood. Try serving a plate of colorful food, swapping sugar-sweetened beverages for natural infused water, staying away from the Salty 6, and making sure kids stay physically active.

Learn more:  Top 10 Tips to Help Children Develop Healthy Habits


Here’s a sneak peek at the 2017-2018 American Heart Association T-Shirts!

Sign up and join our district at www.heart.org/districtheartchallenge

T-shirts are earned at the $20 donation level and ALL proceeds benefit the American Heart Association and its mission.

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World Stroke Day is October 29th.

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability.

Today, stroke is more treatable than ever, but time is critical.  Share these warning signs with your friends and family.  Together we can end stroke.

Stroke is largely treatable.

Responding quickly when a stroke occurs can mean the difference between recovery and disability.

91% of patients who received treatment of the clot-busting drug tPA and a stent retriever within 2.5 hours showed very little or no disability. Knowing the signs and calling 911 are the first steps to receiving life-saving treatment.

  • F - Face drooping
  • A - Arm weakness
  • S - Speech difficulty
  • T - Time to call

How to Have a Heart-Healthy Halloween

Try these tips to make your Halloween festivities a little healthier for your family, party guests and all those trick-or-treaters.

  • Fill up first. Having a healthy meal BEFORE your kids go trick-or-treating can reduce their temptation to snack while walking or to overindulge, because their tummies will be full.
  • Bag it. Be sure to find the right size collection bag for your child and steer clear of the pillow case method. If you encourage your child to only take 1 piece of candy from each house, they’ll be able to visit more houses in the neighborhood.
  • Get moving. Get some exercise by making this Halloween a fun family physical activity event. Set a goal of how many houses or streets you’ll visit, or compete to do as many as you can. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes for walking!

For the Stay-At-Homer:

Be THAT house. You don’t have to pass out candy on Halloween. Start a new tradition on your street and give out healthier treats or non-edible items. Get creative! Here are some ideas.

  • Clementines or small oranges decorated like Jack-O-Lanterns (with non-toxic ink)
  • 100% juice boxes or pouches
  • Snack-sized packages of pretzels, popcorn, dried fruit, trail mix, nuts or pumpkin seeds
  • Snack-sized packages of fresh fruits and vegetables, such as baby carrots or apple slices
  • Mini boxes of raisins
  • 100% real fruit strips, ropes or leathers
  • Squeezable yogurt tubes or pouches
  • Sugar-free chewing gum