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After a study about childhood obesity recently concluded at the University of Minnesota, researchers discovered that sometimes less is more, in more ways than one. In this particular study, eighty-one families were offered parent and family counseling to measure its effect on childhood obesity.

Researchers found that through this experimental counseling, families were able to positively influence childhood weight with portion control and limiting the amount of sugary beverages allowed at mealtime. The message of eating more fruits and vegetables didn’t really sink in as well with the parents. As with many studies, too many messages can confuse or deter participants. In this study, the lessons of eating child-sized portions in an over-sized world and reducing the number of sodas and sugary drinks were still a win in the fight against child obesity. These lessons can become lifelong eating habits and help children, pre-disposed to obesity, to stay ahead of the fight against lifelong obesity.

Working more fruits and vegetables into their diets would be a great second phase to this study, if it were to continue. Add to that the importance of keeping their bodies in motion and you begin to build a strong nutritional foundation for sustainable health. Teaching the basis of caloric intake versus calories burned may be too sophisticated for kids to truly understand. But, simplifying that message to one that kids can grasp is a great move away from childhood obesity. Essentially, we need to teach kids to “move more and eat less” and we need to remember that lesson as adults. Teaching by example is the best possible way. 

Stop It Before It Starts

Other studies throughout the nation are showing results are for obesity-prevention programs in low-income communities. Obesity, which remains historically high in the U.S., has recently shown declines in preschool-age children. However, obesity is two to three times more prevalent in children from low-income families.

According to one study, Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Weight Management at CUMC and a pediatric gastroenterologist in the Comprehensive Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, "Evidence strongly suggests that instilling healthy habits in young children is a necessary cornerstone in efforts to prevent obesity and its sequelae.” Raising awareness and early education (or detection)… we’re picking up on a theme between all major diseases, aren’t you?

Woo continues, "Though some progress has been made in reducing childhood obesity, not all families are aware that certain strategies -- like eliminating sugary drinks, limiting screen time, and getting enough physical activity and sleep -- help young children achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Solutions that can be scaled-up are urgently needed to prevent obesity in young children at highest risk."

The researchers in this study implemented an intervention at two community-wide offices of the Special Supplementation for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Massachusetts, which provides healthy foods, nutrition assessment and education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services for low-income families with very young children. Their WIC counselors received special training to deliver consistent messages during office visits about how exercise, sugary beverages, juice, junk food and screen time young children should get. Families at a third community WIC site did not get the intervention but were used as the comparison group.

Children from the intervention sites engaged in more physical activity and less screen time, reduced their intake of sugary beverages and juice and got more sleep compared to children who did not receive the intervention. Overall, researchers felt the intervention was a success and proved that childhood obesity-prevention efforts on a national level would result in lower childhood obesity. This, in turn, could result in decreasing adult obesity and eventually help curtail obesity related diseases. Programs like this would require federal or state funding and a commitment from policy makers to help end the epidemic of childhood obesity.

True or False - Childhood Obesity Epidemic has Stabilized

True-ish — For the past decade or so, it’s been around 17% for American kids overall, according to data from the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. In 2000, that figure was approximately 14%; compared to in the 1970s when it was still under 6%. What has changed in less than 50 years to cause more than a 10% increase in childhood obesity? Our on-the-go lifestyles and the increased availability of fast food seem to be the two likeliest culprits. We mustn’t be too quick to let ourselves off the hook. As parents, we make decisions about what our children eat and serve as their role models. We also often share the very real frustration that it is more expensive to feed our children fresh vegetables and fruits than it is to feed them French fries. As Americans, we have to accept our role in those realities.

“Stabilized” for most but not all; some groups of kids are still getting fatter. Obesity rates are still rising among African American girls and Latino boys. Also alarming is that the proportion of kids who are severely obese continues to grow. We must continue to work together toward a day that obesity does not threaten the future of our children.

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Come in and meet our newest personal trainer, Whitney!



Whitney is originally from Southwest Minnesota. Throughout high school she competed in soccer, basketball, track, and dance. Multiple leg surgeries sparked Whitney’s passion for health and fitness. This passion ultimately led her to Creighton University where she studied Exercise Science and continues to conduct several exercise research studies. While at school, Whitney competed on the Varsity Rowing team. Early morning crew practices showed Whitney the correlation between team work and a well-balanced life. She hopes to work with clients as a team to overcome any obstacle they may have. She is a certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and is excited to share her passion for and knowledge of living a healthy lifestyle with clients. Outside of the gym, Whitney can be found cheering on the Jays, volunteering in the community, and playing her ukulele. 

Manager's Corner

Happiness is Long Summer Days

The long, lazy days of summer are here and if you’re anything like us, you love it! We know the heat and humidity is sometimes hard to bear. But, before we know it, cold weather will be back so our advice is to soak it in while you can. Of course, be sure to wear sunscreen and drinks lot of water while doing so.

We love summer because it is a chance for us to see many of you with your families. Teaching kids to be active and healthy through your own lifestyle choices is a gift that keeps on giving. Recent studies in childhood obesity prove that the earlier kids become involved in making healthy food choices, the less likely they are to struggle with their weight or childhood obesity. Read more in this month’s newsletter.

Come for the fun, stay for the sun,

Beth Carpenter, General Manager

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