New website provides resources to help prevent early childhood obesity
REN, Nev. — The percentage of obese children in Nevada is rising, and nearly one-third of children entering kindergarten are considered overweight or obese.
To help teachers and parents teach healthy habits to children before age 5, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension recently launched the Healthy Kids Resource Center website at http://www.unce.unr.edu/healthykids.
The website, created in partnership with the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Nevada Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Work Group, was built as part of the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention State Plan to improve children’s physical activity and nutrition.
The website offers evidence-based research, resources, curricula, activities and materials that focus on obesity prevention. Key features of the site are “toolboxes,” resource collections related to a specific area of health.
The first toolbox is the Physical Activity Toolbox, created in response to the passing of Assembly Bill 152, which created a set of physical fitness standards Nevada’s licensed child care facilities are required to meet.
According to a news release, the Healthy Kids Resource Center is funded by Clark County and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
USDA Rural Development Nevada State Director Phil Cowee said he is pleased to have the Washoe Tribe as one of 47 communities included in the national program.