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1 IS MY CHILD AT RISK? What All Parents Should Know About Childhood Obesity

2 T HE P ROBLEM For the first time in more than 100 years, our childrens life expectancy is declining due to the increase in overweight. ~New England Journal of Medicine 2 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

3 O BESITY R ATES HAVE GROWN TO ALARMING HEIGHTS IN THE LAST 15 YEARS We are in a CRISIS 3 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

4 In North Carolina almost half of our children and adolescents are overweight or obese. North Carolina has the fifth highest rate of overweight and obese youth. 4 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

5 Physical Inactivity Leads to Heart Disease as Adults Overweight children have a 70% chance of being overweight as adultsleading to diabetes, stroke and other serious diseases Overweight and inactive children are 600 times more likely to develop heart disease as adults 5 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

6 6 W E N EED Y OUR H ELP ! Obesity affects every organ system in a childs body. It can do so in a much more profound way than in adults because children are still growing and developing. North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

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 7 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

8 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. Thats more than enough to fund the public university system for an entire year and enough to fund 68,000 new jobs. 3% 8 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

9 T HE S OLUTIONS 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 9 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

10 By partnering with public schools, NCAAHPERD will work with current physical education teachers and programs to create 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 10 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance KBR provided significant grant monies to fund NCAAHPERDs IsPOD program.

11 Physical activity and physical education are very different. Physical education is the first line of defense in the prevention of childhood obesity. What we are working towards… 150 required minutes of quality healthful living per week for elementary students 225 required minutes of quality healthful living per week for secondary students How can we achieve that goal? IsPOD : In-school Prevention of Obesity and Disease What NCAAHPERD believes… 11 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

12 Currituck County Schools

13 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 13 Education encourages changes in attitudes and behaviors. Daily, quality physical education and health provide the foundation for knowledge and the skills to become more physically fit, healthier and happier adults.

14 T HE I N - SCHOOL P REVENTION OF O BESITY AND D ISEASE : I S POD Trains all physical educators grades K-8 in the SPARK curriculum Puts fun while learning back into physical education Uses FITNESSGRAM for assessment and reporting Improves physical activity and eating habits Reduces the number of overweight and obese children in grades K-8 Helps develop lifetime fitness skills Will affect public policy towards obesity prevention in our schools Introducing ISSY 14 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

15 Research-based 21 st century physical education Healthy lifestyles Motor skills Movement knowledge Social and personal skills And FUN!!! 15 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

16 FITNESSGRAM Measurements include: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance and BMI Generates student and parent reports Data will be collected by NCAAHPERD No personal student data will be shared with anyone 16 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

17 Currituck County Schools IsPod/SPARKS Implementation K-5 PE Teachers participated in two days of regional training Teachers received the SPARKS curriculum manual and have begun implementing in their classes 6-8 Teachers will receive training in January, 2010 Elementary and Middle Schools will soon have access to FITNESSGRAM software to enter fitness test results that will enable them to submit data to DPI and acknowledge students making improvements in fitness over time

18 BENEFITS OF ISPOD What Currituck County Teachers are saying about SPARKS training and implementation… 18 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance MES– Karen Szczepanski and Brook Lane SESJoAnne Lewis KIESJim Wright

19 B EHAVIOR Physical education teaches skills used to learn lifetime activities 19 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

20 Studies have shown: Increased levels of physical activity result in greater academic success in areas such as math, science, reading and social studies 20 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

21 Healthy children mean fewer sick days from school and therefore, less parent leave time from work 21 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

22 W HAT Y OU C AN D O A T H OME Help change ATTITUDES 22 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

23 G ET INVOLVED IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EVERY DAY WITH YOUR CHILDREN ; IT S GOOD FOR THEM AND YOU ! Take a walk Play catch 23 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

24 P REPARE M ORE M EALS AT H OME 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? Suggestions?? Cook meals in advance and freeze them Develop a menu Stick to recommended portion sizes Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day 24 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

25 L IMIT SCREEN TIME Turn off the video games Plan ahead to limit the amount of TV watched during the week 25 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance GET PLENTY OF SLEEP AT NIGHT Sleep is important in maintaining good health

26 Get involved with your childs activity lifestyle Be an active role-model Help your school with physical education assessments (i.e. FITNESSGRAM and online surveys) On PTA nights, visit your childs physical education teacher and ask these questions: How often does my child have physical education class and who makes those decisions? Do you use SPARK and FITNESSGRAM? Is my child taking the online IsPOD surveys? What can you do? 26 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

27 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

28 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 … 28 North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance


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