September is National Childhood Obesity Month/(Updates)

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Reporting on the State of Connecticut’s Summary of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and tests.

A complete listing of all COVID-19 cases and  analyses by age, hospitalizations, deaths, towns and county is reported by the Connecticut State Department of Health. This information can be found by following the link below:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/CTDPHCOVID19summary922020.pdf

 

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Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State        339                     +1                     15

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State            86                      +0                      3

Town specific COVID-19 Tests, Cases, and Deaths can be found at the following link:

https://data.ct.gov/Health-and-Human-Services/COVID-19-Tests-Cases-and-Deaths-By-Town-/28fr-iqnx

 

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

Childhood obesity is a serious public health issue in the United States; about one in five children have obesity.  Obesity in children poses both an immediate and long term threat.  Childhood obesity can lead to life-long chronic health issues that follow them into adulthood.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that children with obesity are at higher risk of asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes.  They also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers.  Sadly, obese children are often bullied and teased and can suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem.

Many factors can impact childhood obesity, including eating and physical activity behaviors, genetics, metabolism, family and home environment, and community and social factors.  If you are concerned about your child’s weight, it is important to discuss the issue with your child’s health care provider.

What can we do as parents, caregivers, and educators to address this issue? We can all promote healthy eating habits, physical activity and model good behaviors.  We can help children maintain a healthy weight by teaching them about smart food choices and limiting calorie-rich temptations. Encourage children to be physically active, limit their screen time, and ensure they are getting enough sleep.

To support healthy growth and prevent obesity, the CDC suggests the following:

  • Be aware of your child’s growth. Learn how obesity is measured in children, and use CDC’s Child and Teen BMI Calculator to screen your child for potential weight issues.
  • Provide nutritious, lower-calorie foods like fruits and vegetables instead of foods high in added sugars and unhealthy fats.
  • Make sure drinking water is always available as a no-calorie alternative to sugary drinks and limit juice intake.
  • Help children get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Regular physical activity can have immediate health benefits like better sleep, better academic achievement, and reduced feelings of anxiety and stress.
  • Make sure your child has healthy sleep habits. Sleep helps improve attention and reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and even obesity later in life. Get your child to bed at the same time each day, including the weekends; remove electronic devices from the bedroom; and keep their bedroom dark and cool. Your child needs at least 8 hours of sleep, may be more depending on age. Find out how much sleep your child needs.
  • Be a role model! Enjoy healthy meals together and get moving.  Add a family walk or outside time to your day.

To learn more about strategies for promoting healthy behaviors and what parents, caregivers, and communities can do to support good health habits, visit www.CDC.gov (link)

https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/features/childhood-obesity/index.html#:~:text=Learn%20ways%20to%20promote%20healthy,the%20United%20States%20has%20obesity.