Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) encourages families to take action to fight childhood obesity.
Childhood obesity is a major public health problem in the United States. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adolescent obesity has tripled since the 1970s. About 1-in-5 school age children in the United States that are considered obese.
“A wide range of factors can contribute to obesity in a child,” Dr. Janice Hixson said, OKCIC Chief Medical Officer. “Factors can consist of genetics, metabolism, poor eating habits, lack of physical activity and more.”
The impact of obesity on a child can cause not just physical risks but also social and emotional risks. According to the CDC, children who are obese have an increased risk of low self-esteem, behavior and learning problems, and depression.
To help prevent childhood obesity, there are many simple changes parents can do to support healthy childhood growth and lifestyles. These can include, keeping fruit readily available at children’s reach and providing them with opportunities to stay active.
Children follow by example, so be their role model. Practice a healthy lifestyle and promote healthy activities. You can partake in various activities, including taking family walks after dinner and signing up for family activities.
OKCIC offers many adult, family and youth programs that promote healthy living and active lifestyles. Youth programs include dance, basketball, kayaking, TURTLE Camp, one-on-one nutrition, group cooking classes and more.
For more information on OKCIC programs, please visit http://okcic.com/programs/hpdp-health-promotion-disease-prevention/
About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 20,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.