Many of Nevada’s children are struggling with forming healthy habits. In Nevada, over 30% of children entering kindergarten in 2015 were considered overweight or obese. The percentage of obese youth in Nevada has been steadily climbing amongst some of our most vulnerable populations. According to the Center for Disease and Control, “Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases that impact physical health, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.”
The Nevada State Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Committee is working to combat the ever-growing numbers of overweight and obesity in young children ages 0 to 8. Led by the State’s Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the committee is a coalition of individuals and organizations from across the state of Nevada who are committed to reducing rates of childhood obesity by promoting education and outreach, providing supports to early childhood providers and ensuring that appropriate resources are available to assist children and families in making healthy choices. The committee has since developed the State Plan for Early Childhood Obesity Prevention, focusing on strategies that our community can use to help create a healthy start for our children.
As parents and early childhood providers we have a large impact on the health of our children. It is important, as a community, that we ALL understand the ways in which we can help children develop healthy lifestyles and become healthy adults. To learn more about the State Plan and resources for Early Childhood Obesity Prevention, please visit http://dpbh.nv.gov/Programs/Obesity/Obesity_Prevention_and_Control_-_Home/