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Ottawa County, like the rest of the nation, is faced with the challenge of reducing rates of obesity among children. Overweight children and adolescents are at risk for health problems during their youth and as adults. Studies have shown that overweight youth are more likely to become obese as adults. In addition, overweight youth are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.
The Health Department is committed to reducing childhood obesity with the "Fit for a Kid" project. The project includes Body Mass Index measurement projects and a series of educational handouts and resources.
Body Mass Index Measurement Projects
Although it was suspected that local childhood obesity rates would follow national trends, until 2005, there was no information to verify this. The health department measured the body mass index of elementary school aged children in Ottawa County. The most recent study found that 9% of the sampled students were classified as obese and 14% were classified as overweight.
Measuring Body Mass Index
Are you wondering about your child's weight status? One of the best places to find out if your child is obese or at risk for becoming obese is your family doctor. Ask for a Body Mass Index Screening at your child's next check-up. Your doctor can help you examine Body Mass Index (BMI) scores, family risk factors, and lifestyle to determine if your child is at risk. You can also use the BMI Calculator to determine your child's BMI.
Handouts & Resources
Even if your child is not overweight or obese, it is important to encourage healthy eating and activity in every child. The handouts below offer tips to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
- Introduction to Childhood Obesity
- Eating Well & Feeling Good
- Kid Friendly Recipes
- Snack Ideas with Dairy
- Eating Healthy on the Run
- Choose This Instead of That
- More Fruits & Veggies
- Diabetes in Children
- High Blood Pressure in Children
- High Cholesterol in Children
Safe Routes to School teaches children to build physical activity in to their day by encouraging all children, including those with disabilities, to walk, bike, and roll to school. Walking and biking to school have declined significantly over the last several decades with more students riding on the bus or in an automobile. When children participate in regular physical activity, the risk for chronic disease is reduced and academic performance can be enhanced. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, youth need an hour of physical activity a day. Regular walking and biking to school increases daily physical activity levels of children and builds healthier communities. For more information about the Ottawa County Health Department's Safe Routes to School initiatives contact Kim Kooyers at 616-393-5799. Learn more about the statewide program at http://saferoutesmichigan.org/
The Ottawa County Food Policy Council (OCFPC) is a group of local agencies, organizations and other stakeholders assuring low-income residents' access to healthy food. The Vision: An available supply of well-balanced meals for all. The OCFPC has a three year Strategic Plan and is currently focused on:
- improving the level of cooperation between food resource providers;
- improving food quality in the non-profit food distribution system;
- increasing food resources to meet the needs of those with dietary restrictions, medical conditions and ethnic preferences;
- expanding access to farmers markets;
- addressing food availability issues for children outside of school; and
- strengthening the OCFPC.
The OCFPC meets on a quarterly basis, and the OCFPC Subcommittees meet monthly. For more information or to get involved with the OCFPC, visit www.feedingottawa.org or contact Lisa Uganski @ email@example.com or 616-393-5770.Holland Farmers Market. You can also find detailed information about the Holland Farmers Market, including location and hours of operation at www.hollandfarmersmarket.com. Funding for this was provided by the USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program. Find other markets at mifma.org.
Not sure if you qualify for a Bridge Card? Visit www.michigan.gov/mibridges to determine if you are eligible and to apply for benefits.
Let's Move! Childcare is about helping to prevent early childhood obesity.
Whole Family Connection is a free, anonymous, on-line information and referral system to help you identify your needs and link you to services.
The site lists more than 123,000 acres of parks, trails, and other recreation areas located within the eight-county region that includes Allegan, Barry, Kent, Ionia, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa counties.
Information about fruit and vegetables. Including ideas and healthy recipes to ensure fruits and vegetables are included in your meal plan.
Offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help you plan/ assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Action for Healthy Kids is a nationwide initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools.
America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids.
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
Great Start of Ottawa County works with families and communities to identify needs, maintain resources and creatively seek solutions to existing gaps for families with young children. The site offers parents a means to find child care and offers child care providers information about training.
Help your children get connected with nature at Outdoor Discovery Center- The No Child Left Inside Initiative.
Offers hundreds of healthy recipes.
Get your personalized nutrition and physical activity plan, track your progress, and get tips and support.
Search the database of recipes submitted by nutrition and health professionals and organizations.
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