resources for living a healthier life

 

Making healthy choices is easier when we understand the impact our choices will make, as well as what all choices are available to us.  We’ve compiled a list of valuable resources that you can use to start helping your child get active, eat better and live a healthier life.  Below you’ll find links with additional info, tools and tips to help you on your quest to get your family healthy.

Links for Healthy Living

http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/DNPALeg/index.asp - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Here you’ll find a search system for looking up State Legislation info regarding nutrition, exercise and obesity.

http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/fastfood/l/bl_restaurants.htm
This link has a calculator for totaling calories in various fast food items.  It’s a great tool for helping kids realize how unhealthy those fast food meals really are.

http://www.kidscount.org/datacenter/snapshot.jsp - KIDS COUNT Data Center
This 2003 National study has a lot of useful information and statistics.  You can also look up stats by state to see how yours fairs against the rest.

http://www.health.gov/default.asp  - Health.gov
This site has links to numerous health agencies and organizations for finding more information on childhood obesity.

http://www.usa.gov/Government/State_Local/Health.shtml  -  USA.gov
This page within the usa.gov site provides links to dozens of federal agency sites, including those for Family Services and Food and Nutrition.

http://www.aap.org  - American Academy of Pedatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes books and studies as well as maintaining their website that provides up to date information on a variety of child health topics, including obesity.

http://pediatrics.about.com/od/obesity/tp/overweight_kids.htm
The link above contains a list of 7 books on the subject of kids and obesity.  These books are not only good reference material for parents and teachers but also designed to be read by kids themselves.

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/childrens_BMI/measuring_children.htm
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – This site gives child care takers instruction on properly weighing and taking height measurements for a child.

http://www.aap.org/obesity/OtherObesityResources.htm  - AAP
Above is the link to the American Academy of Pediatrics resource page.  The AAP has a fantastic list of resources that include sites for the World Health Organization, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and more.