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…

Girls hula hooping outdoors

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Wellness in Schools, part 1: what that looks like at school

What is school wellness exactly? All school districts that receive federal funding for free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs are required to have a wellness policy. These policies primarily focus on two areas: healthy food best practices and physical activity best practices. Individual school buildings often have their own wellness policies as well, catered…

Students from Phalen 103 jump around after a gardening lesson from Big Green

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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…

kids feeding themselves lunch

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Quarantine healthy habits: stick with 5-2-1-0

These four steps are the simple way for everyone to stay on track 5-2-1-0 is an evidence-based set of simple steps that have shown to help keep a person at a healthy weight if done together on most days. You’re probably doing one, two, three, or even four of these at home already. We know…

5-2-1-0 every day

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