Gateway YMCA Healthy U Programs Combate la Obesidad Infantil

October 9, 2017

Many families need support to change the habits of their families with the ultimate goal of being a healthy weight. That’s why The Gateway Family YMCA wants families to improve eating habits and increase physical activity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity affects one in six children in the United States. and one in three are overweight, posing increased risks for many health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some types of cancer. Here in New Jersey, nearly 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese according to the Child and Adolescent Health Data Resource Center.

“The successful reduction of obesity rates in children requires the whole family to change their eating and physical activity habits,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO of The Gateway Family YMCA. “In our preschool and extracurricular programs our Healthy U program is included in the curriculum. “Healthy U’s goal is to promote healthy behavioral changes that will help prevent childhood obesity through a threefold approach to nutritional education, increased physical activity and participation family, “said Melynda A. Mileski, EVP / COO, The YMCA Family Gateway.

The following tips are some great ways to incorporate healthier eating habits and more physical activity and into your daily family routine:

  • Eat and Drink Healthy: Make the drink water of choice and encourage everyone to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables, offering two or three color choices at each meal. As a family choose a new fruit and vegetable every week to taste together. Place a full carafe of water on the table during meals, and allow the children to pour their own water.
  • Play every day / go outside: Children should have at least one hour a day of unstructured play (outside when possible) and break a sweat at least three times a week for 20 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity. Join your children in games that make hearts pound and bodies move.
  • Reunirse: Coma como una familia con la mayor frecuencia posible. Involucre a los niños en la planificación de comidas, preparación y limpieza. Además, los adultos deben tomar un descanso de la electrónica y pasar una a una vez cada día con sus hijos, disfrutando de la compañía de los demás.
  • Reduzca el Tiempo de Pantalla Recreativo: El tiempo pasado delante de una televisión, computadora, tableta, teléfono celular o videojuegos debe limitarse a dos horas o menos por día. Haga un plan familiar para reducir el tiempo de la pantalla en casa. Por ejemplo, apague las pantallas durante las comidas, vaya a caminar, configure un temporizador para recordarle que apague la pantalla.
  • Dormir bien: Los niños y adultos necesitan mantener un horario regular de sueño; relajarse juntos por las noches leyendo un libro o escuchar música suave para asegurarse de que el cuerpo se está preparando para el sueño. Los niños están creciendo y necesitan 10-12 horas de sueño saludable por noche y de siete a ocho horas para los adultos.

El programa Healthy U es el resultado de una colaboración entre la Fundación Horizon para Nueva Jersey y la Alianza Estatal de New Jersey YMCA. A través de programas preescolares, después de la escuela y de la escuela, Healthy U afecta a más de 90,000 niños, de 3 a 13 años, en 480 YMCA y escuelas primarias en todo el estado.

These after-school and preschool YMCA programs and partner schools are implementing environmental strategies and activities and education to increase physical activity and promote good nutrition for students and their families. Since its inception in 2007, the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded three scholarships totaling $ 4.62 million through 2019.

For more information on #HealthyU and The Gateway Family YMCA, visit www.tgfymca.org or contact Elizabeth Branch 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch

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