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Childhood Obesity: Home

Resources for parents to keep kids healthy and happy.

Books from Your Library on Childhood Obesity and Nutrition

Ebooks to Borrow with your Library Card

We are building a collection of ebooks that you can borrow from your library.  Many thanks to the Northern New York Library Network, CVPH Foundation, and Plattsburgh Lions for helping us to purchase ebooks for this collection.

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Did You Know?

little girl doing a handstandWe tried to put a positive spin on the issue of childhood obesity, but given the facts, that’s not easy to do.  In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups.

This epidemic puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for conditions usually associated with adulthood such as: 

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke  

On the brighter side, there are opportunities that families can take every day to start changing these trends.   We’ve gathered some accessible resources in various formats that can be used throughout the year to build awareness and take action – nationally, as well as in your town, workplace and home.

Schools are making great efforts in this area, too, as well as our county health departments. Clinton County Health Department provides helpful newsletters on the topic that you can read here:  Clinton County Health Department Newsletters.


Note: Always discuss dietary changes and physical fitness programs with your healthcare provider.


Take a Free Class on Child Nutrition and Cooking

Here's a great way to start learning about nutrition - take a free class at Coursera!  You can watch short videos on a variety of topics, whenever and wherever you are.  To access the class, just sign up for a free account with your name and email address.

Child Nutrition and Cooking Class from Coursera

Websites to Get You Started

Fitness Videos for Kids

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Borrow a fitness video from the library! Click an image above or see below for some videos for parents, too.

The Weight of the Nation - 3 DVDs and a program guide about confronting America's obesity epidemic.

You Staying Young Workout - Perfect for all levels, from Dr. Oz.

Honey, We're Killing the KidsReality series that looks at the obesity epidemic in America. The Busby family tries to change their eating and exercise habits to improve the future health of their children.


Online Apps

Check out these apps for computers and mobile devices - designed to motivate kids to make healthy choices! You'll find more great apps at the Eat Right website.

Image result for awesome eatsAwesome Eats

This app teaches children to identify different fruits, vegetables and grains by having them sort foods into like groups.  

Activities in our Region

News from the NCCOR

From the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research:

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