Step by Step:  Kids Trimming Down »»»Published: September 16, 2009

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  • A six-part series from Louisiana Public Broadcasting...

Step by Step: Kids Trimming Down is a six part series of reports designed to help children live healthier lives. About 25 percent of our American children (about 9 million) are overweight. 15-percent are severely overweight or obese. The obesity epidemic is placing children at a much higher risk for type II diabetes, heart disease, joint and breathing problems, as well as certain cancers.



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Part 1 • NOTES: from the show

Pediatrician- tells us about the obesity epidemic. He explains the differences between overweight and obesity, and shows us how to plot our kids’ growth on a growth chart. This chart allows parents to compare their children’s weight to their height. It also shows how individuals compare to others their age.

Psychologist-Looks at the reasons why children decide to lose weight, the benefits and the sacrifices of adjusting their lifestyles to lose weight and how the way they eat influences how much you eat.

Dietitian-teaches the importance of planning meals based on the Food Pyramid. However, there are some foods on the pyramid we should eat more of, while eating less of others.

Exercise physiologist-looks at the importance of teaching kids to simply move, play and help do chores around the house instead of being couch potatoes. Much of what’s involved in getting kids to play is simple. It’s simply a matter of awareness.

Lesson Plan: Food For Thought pdf format

Part 2 • NOTES: from the show

Pediatrician- teaches us how to calculate BMI. The AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics wants all parents to learn how to use this formula. We look at a child’s risk of being overweight based on his genes and his family’s lifestyle.

Psychologist-teaches us the importance of setting goals that are reachable and explains how to achieve those goals. She also tells us how to recognize the difference between hunger and cravings.

Dietitian- teaches us how to read food labels. She shows us how much sugar is in a 20 oz. soft drink as many Americans absorb most of their calories from beverages. She looks at other foods as well, like cereals and cooking oils to compare sugar and saturated fat.

Exercise physiologist-talks about slow, medium and fast past activities and where seriously overweight children should start and where they should end up.

Lesson Plan: Circle of Fun pdf format


Part 3 • NOTES: from the show

Pediatrian-looks at the growing health costs of obesity in hopes of prodding parents into action.

Psychologist-examines how events in our lives lead to certain behaviors. Of course, those behaviors result in certain consequences. She teaches us how to alter our behavior to make healthier choices.

Dietitian-has tips on eating out in restaurants and in fast food places. It can be done, but the whole day should be planned around it, cutting back in areas where we are likely to take in more sugar and fat at restaurants.

Exercise Physiologist-demonstrates exercises for seriously overweight kids.

Lesson Plan: Healthy Tag pdf format


Part 4 • NOTES: from the show

Pediatrician-examines how the layout of our buildings, communities and cities contribute to obesity. Dr. Claude Bouchard the Dir. of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center tells us how the invention of the wheel, the abundance of food at cheap prices, elevators, escalators, cars, parking lots under buildings all contribute to obesity. We have progressed so much we don’t use our muscles and it’s literally killing us. We must get back into the routine of doing some things that we can avoid because of progress.

Psychologist-tells us how to talk positively to ourselves, talking ourselves out of eating too much. She examines the importance of attention, attitude, accountability and availability from parents.

Dietitian-explains the importance of fruits and vegetables in our kids’ diets. Not only are they great for keeping our weight under control, they are also loaded with chemicals that help ward off diseases like cancer .

Exercise Physiologist- demonstrates different exercises to work on different body parts.

Lesson Plan: Exercise Egg Surprise pdf format


Part 5 • NOTES: from the show

Pediatrian-urges schools, communities and parents to create environments that will encourage children to move. He talks briefly about what we have in parks, schools and daycare centers compared to what we need. He also warns of the dangers of too much time playing computer games or watching t.v.

Psychologist-explains the dangers of skipping meals and how it often causes us to overeat, often with more fattening snacks. She also examines normal compared to disordered eating.

Dietitian- provides us with examples of healthy snacks. She explains the 5/15 rule. Look for foods with five or less grams of fat and around 15 grams of sugar.

Exercise Physiologist-demonstrates exercises to work on specific parts of the body.

Lesson Plan: Stretch For Wellness pdf format


Part 6 • NOTES: from the show

Pediatrician-profiles a young diabetic patient who is finally losing weight after decades of abuse. The young nurse explains why she would eat a big bag of chips or Oreos in on sitting. The doctor shows us CDC maps of how fast the obesity problem is growing, charts of what happens to an obese child who doesn’t get help including a long list of diseases they are much more likely to get.

Psychologist-compares the lifestyles of people who become obese compared to those of normal weight people.

Dietitian-tells us the importance of eating breakfast and gives us examples of healthy breakfast foods.

Exercise Physiologist- shows us what’s involved in cross-training so kids won’t get tired of exercise routines.

Lesson Plan: The Hunt For Healthy Food pdf format

  

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