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Child Health Day and Month -- October
Counties Celebrate Child Health Day and Month in October
National Child Health Day, the first Monday in October, kicks off a month to highlight ways children can build healthy bodies every day of the year. The county health departments are focusing on different children’s programs and activities to get families, schools and community organizations involved in health-related activities for children, said ________ County Health Department Administrator __________.
“Surveys conducted by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) indicate 27 percent of first graders and 61 percent of 5th graders report having less than one hour of daily physical activity. Similarly, 44 percent of first graders and 54 percent of 5th graders reported spending more than two hours daily watching television, playing video games, or using a computer. Furthermore, 36 percent of high school students responding to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 1997, indicated they do not participate regularly in any form of physical activity. In fact, from 1991 – 1997, daily participation in physical education classes in Oklahoma high schools dropped from 42 percent to 27 percent,” said __________.
Nationally, nearly 10 to 15 percent of children and adolescents are overweight, according to recent studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials are concerned because childhood obesity is a major public health problem that leads to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and other leading causes of death and disability in later life.
During October, designated as Child Health Month, the __________ County Health Department wants to draw attention to the need for children to exercise regularly and eat nutritious foods to control weight. Regular exercise provides short-term benefits and reduces long-term risks for disability and premature death.
Some local activities and events scheduled include: (Insert local information.) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
The __________ County Health Department offers the following suggestions:
“Let's get moving!” said __________. “We can shift the trend from childhood obesity to a generation of children who are healthy and active.”
For more information on how you can get involved in improving children’s health, contact the __________ County Health Department at (phone number).
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