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We all agree that we need to get parents involved to educate their children on the effects of poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Here is an interesting article that gives ten ways parents can do just that.
Let me know what you think after reading the article and then any thoughts you have on directly involving parents in this process? How can we get them more involved?

Link: http://health.howstuffworks.com/pregnancy-and-parenting/childhood-conditions/10-things-to-fight-childhood-obesity.htm.

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I agree with a number of the suggestions from the article. What about you? As far as keeping fit, yes, of course, that's a splendid idea. We have a generation of children who are very sedentary, they either sit behind a computer, play video games, have a little hand-held game, an i-pod, cell phone, you name it. This promotes habits where they may also have snack foods at their sides. Parents or caregivers have to ...

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How to teach proper eating and exercise habits are determined. The effects of poor eating habits and a lack of exercise are given.

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Proper health and nutrition is of critical importance to the growth and development of young children yet many American children eat in ways that do not meet proper nutrition guidelines. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the media, and its promotion of junk food, is one of the main culprits in the obesity epidemic. Read the article, "Children, Adolescents, Obesity, and the Media," and watch the video, We're Not Buying It: Stop Junk Food Marketing to Kids.

What role does the media play in the promotion of unhealthy food choices? Identify and describe a specific example.

What are the long-term consequences of these media messages on children's health and nutrition?

Describe two to three specific things parents and teachers of young children can do to combat media messages that promote unhealthy food choices.

Here are some sources that you may find helpful:

- American Academy of Pediatrics. (2011). Children, adolescents, obesity, and the media. Pediatrics, 128(1), 201-208. Retrieved from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/128/1/201.full.pdf
- American Academy of Pediatrics. (2013). Safety & prevention: How safe are vaccines? Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/How-Safe-are-Vaccines.aspx
- Vaccine Awareness of North Florida, Inc. (2010). KNOW...The vaccine controversy. K.N.O.W. Vaccines. Retrieved from http://www.know-vaccines.org/?page_id=456
- Prevention Institute. (2011). We're not buying it: Stop junk food marketing to kids [Video file]. Retrieved from http://preventioninstitute.org/focus-areas/supporting-healthy-food-a-activity/supporting-healthy-food-and-activity-environments-advocacy.html
- Storybird (http://storybird.com/)

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Green, M. & Palfrey, J. S. (2002). Bright futures: Guidelines for health supervision of infants, children, and adolescents (2nd ed., rev.). Retrieved from http://www.brightfutures.org/bf2/pdf/index.html
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United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. (2012). USDA food facts sheet for schools & child nutrition institutions. Retrieved from http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/schfacts/FV/FVnew2012schfactsheets/100935_SunflowerSeedButter_5lb_April%202012.pdf
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. (2000). Keeping kids safe: A guide for safe food handling and sanitation for child care providers. Retrieved from http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/resources/appendj.pdf

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