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September is Children's Healthy Weight Awareness Month

Did you know? The number of children in the United States who are not at a healthy weight has increased over the past two decades. September is Children’s Healthy Weight Awareness Month! The Thumb Community Health Partnership (TCHP) is raising awareness about healthy lifestyle habits for children. Follow along as we share resources for parents and guardians! Together, we can help children make healthy food choices and stay active.

TCHP encourages Thumb families to promote health and wellness for their children. There are a variety of ways to focus on health and fitness: Eat nutritious foods. Get adequate sleep. Stay active. Limit screen time. Healthy habits can help children achieve a healthy weight!

If you are a parent, make sure to model healthy habits yourself. Leading by example is an easy way to develop healthy eating habits for the whole family! Serve fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Encourage your children to drink plenty of water. Eat fewer sugary foods. These are just a few ways you can set a healthy example.

Children benefit from living a healthy lifestyle! Benefits include:

· Stronger bones and muscles.

· A healthy weight.

· Increased self-esteem.

· Reduced stress and anxiety.

· Feeling healthier and happier.

Next steps: Speak with your health professional. Visit www.Facebook/ThumbHealth for more information all month long! Contact Kay Balcer, TCHP Director at 989-553-2927.

The Thumb Community Health Partnership (TCHP) encompasses Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties and includes 29 health and human service organizations including local mental health providers, public health departments, local hospitals, a community action agency, and a federally qualified health center. The partnership is working to improve coordination of services and access to care for residents. The partnership is grant funded and will result in many benefits to members and the community.

This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award to the Huron County Health Department on behalf of a cross-sector partnership totaling $900,000 with 0% percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s)


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