Fighting Childhood Obesity
Here in Central Pennsylvania, as well as across the United States, childhood obesity is the #1 threat to our children’s health. Simply teaching them healthy eating habits is more important now than ever before. We at Capital BlueCross care about your children’s health and want to help you help your kids make healthy choices.
Help your kids take an active role in fighting childhood obesity. Below you will find important information and links to useful sites that will make it a little easier to make healthy choices for you and your children.
Healthy Eating…Just for You
Giant Food Stores and Capital BlueCross are committed to helping our children make good food choices. Look for nutritional information at your local Giant store to guide you toward healthy choices for you and your family. Visit www.mygiantpa.gov for great recipes, health tips, nutrition guides and more.
MyPyramid.gov – Steps to a Healthier You
MyPyramid.gov is the official site for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new Food Guidance System. This interactive system is designed to help you and your family make healthy eating and exercise choices. Visit www.mypyramid.gov and enter your age, gender and physical activity level to get a personalized nutrition and exercise program.
Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity
(PANA) Supports the Growth Screening Program
The 2005-2006 school year brings a change in the Pennsylvania Growth Screening Program. The Pennsylvania Department of Health now requires that schools record Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements for students in kindergarten through fourth grade and then inform parents of the results. Grades 5 through 8 will be added to the program in the 2006-2007 school year. The 2007-2008 school year will see the addition of grades 9 through 12. PANA supports the implementation of growth screening programs in schools. To learn more about PANA programs, events and trainings, visit www.panaonline.org .