Polk County Health Dept. encourages healthy changes to fight childhood obesity

One in five children in the United States have a problem with obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for serious health problems that were once seen only in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight. Polk County Health Department encourages families to make healthy changes together by:

· Getting active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride or play basketball at a nearby park.

· Limiting screen time: Keep screen time to 2 hours or less a day.

· Making healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits and whole-grain foods.

For more tips and for details about the upcoming October Fit Challenge, like and follow Polk Fit, Fresh and Friendly on Facebook.