Preventing obesity in kids

Rona Renner, RN Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on a few ways to help prevent obesity in your kids and keep them happy and healthy
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Preventing obesity in kids

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Childhood obesity is an epidemic in our country. One in three children are considered to be overweight or obese. It's a parent problem, and it's a society problem. Let's talk about what parents can do. You have to model healthy eating. Take the sodas out of the house. Take the heavy salted chips and cookies out of the house. When your child something sweet, let them have an orange or an apple. I know this is hard to do, so take small steps. Begin small and start where you can. Take your children to Farmer's Markets. Have them cook with you. Have them grow vegetables. The other thing that is important is family activity time. Don't focus on exercise and don't call it weight loss. You want to focus on healthy eating and healthy habits. Go for walks after dinner. If you can't go outside, turn the music on and dance with your kids. It is going back to you. You are modeling how to be healthy, how to be happy, and make sure that your children are getting what they need; nourishment, love, and fewer cookies.

Rona Renner, RN Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on a few ways to help prevent obesity in your kids and keep them happy and healthy

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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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