Wayne Joseph’s Blog

Running with the Big Dog

Suggestions for Preventing Childhood Obesity

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Junk food, too much TV and video games are just part of the problem of obesity

There has been dramatic increase in childhood obesity during the past two
decades. The complexity of childhood overweight and obesity is not addressed by
simply blaming it on an increase in consumption of junk food and time spent
watching TV, DVDs and other visual media. Just as important as the limitation of
passive leisure time is playtime that is unstructured, imaginative and
exploratory with exposure to the outdoors. Play in a natural setting seems to
offer special benefits including better motor fitness, especially in terms of
balance and agility.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends key strategies to
prevent childhood obesity including BMI measurement in schools and offering
nutritious choices in school meal programs. Physical activity guidelines include
daily physical education classes and intramural programs for all grades with
active play and recess activities for younger students.

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KMS PE teacher, Randee Arkin, encourages healthy lifestyles for her students

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Make Play Fun!

November 14, 2009 - Posted by | Health and Fitness | ,


  1. My name is Kaylene Barschdorf and I am a senior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am currently working
    on a group project to conduct a social campaign. Our group chose the topic of
    Childhood Obesity and we have created a survey to gather attitudes and
    information about this significant issue. Your feedback would be greatly
    appreciated and extremely helpful. This survey is completely confidential and
    will only be used for the purposes of our study. Thank you very much for your


    Comment by Kaylene | December 4, 2009 | Reply

    • I just did the survey on line. Hope others reading this blog will do the same.
      Aloha and good luck. Big Dog

      Comment by waynejoseph | December 4, 2009 | Reply

  2. I think we owe it to our child to provide them with healthy lifestyle choices. Children should not be stimulated in front of the television or computer, they should be sociable and explore activities to do so.

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    Comment by annina | December 29, 2009 | Reply

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