September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

As designated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), September is National Childhood Obesity Month.  Nationally, roughly one in five children suffers from obesity.  In central Indiana, those numbers are worse. Jump IN for Healthy Kids is focused on changing those numbers and helping children and families lead healthier lives.   Why is this such a problem? The causes of…

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Understanding portion sizes

You have probably read that portion sizes have increased over the last few decades. You may also know that Americans’ prevalence of overweight and obesity has also increased over the same amount of time. Decreasing portion size is one of the simplest ways to reduce caloric intake and avoid overeating. Appropriate portion sizes change as…

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Keeping kids active and more quarantine resources

With schools being delayed, we’re sharing more tools to keep kids active Many central Indiana families are finding that their school districts are delaying the start of the school year out of concern for safety. Other districts are switching their teaching to online only. Families that had hoped for the beginning of the school year…

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What US city consumes the fewest sugary beverages?

If you’ve been hanging out with us for any length of time, you’ve probably heard us say your zip code is more important than your genetic code in determining your health. You know that means that your neighborhood characteristics—income, education level, and even how far away the nearest grocery store is—play a larger role in…

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Stop! Water Time!

Water is simply best for staying hydrated It’s officially summer and that means outdoor playing, working in the garden, and more physical activity time outside. Being out in the heat and sun means your body needs even more hydration than it does the rest of the year. Your best bet: stick with water. Water is…

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