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Great Resources to Help Keep Your Family Fit
Decreasing childhood obesity is on everyone’s mind these days. The rates of childhood obesity have tripled since 1980. More than one in 10 children from the age of two to five will become obese.
The good news is that this year, for the first time, obesity rates for preschool children went down, as reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Family Wellness is Key
The reality is that preventing children from becoming obese is really about family wellness. Daily physical activity, planning healthy meals and limiting screen time all create an environment that promotes healthy kids.
Many federal, state and local programs are working hard to decrease the rates of obesity with better food habits and more physical activity. Some of the interventions that have been implemented are: the Let’s Move initiative from First Lady Michelle Obama, the YWCA’s Fit and Fun Program, National Standards for Foods in Schools, ChooseMyPlate, phone apps and other devices that track fitness and calories. Prevention is the key!
Baltimore County has resources that can help your family move towards a journey to wellness! Since 2012, the County’s Health Coalition has worked with partners to promote physical activity and prevent childhood obesity. Do your part to help our children and yourself. Take advantage of the local parks and walking trails in our County. Visit them as a family and achieve your goal of wellness for your whole family!
Laura Culbertson, RN, MSN
Public Health Nurse Administrator
Baltimore County Department of Health
Show Airs on BCTV - Cable Channel 25 and Online
The September edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights Flu facts, homeless services and emergency preparedness.
Homeless Services – Hear about the County’s 10-Year Plan to Reduce and Prevent Homelessness.
Get the Flu FACTS – Baltimore County’s Director of Health and Human Services, Dr. Gregory Branch, tells why everyone should get the flu vaccine.
Be Prepared! – September is National Preparedness Month, and a great time to review your family’s emergency plan.
Watch "Hello Baltimore County" now.
In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:
- Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
- Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 9 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
- Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.
- Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
- Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
- Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
As the lazy days of summer come to an end, many parents with school-age children are beginning their back to school preparations. If you’re among them, be sure to include your child’s pediatric check-up or annual immunizations on your list.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a list of recommended vaccinations your child should receive—as well as when they should receive them. Newer additions to the schedule in the State of Maryland are specific vaccinations for children who are entering kindergarten and seventh grade. As of last year, the law requires that students entering kindergarten this fall must have two varicella vaccinations. Meanwhile, students who are entering seventh grade must have one Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) and one meningococcal (MCV4) vaccination.
Protect Children's Health
Immunization is a key part of protecting your child’s health. Millions of lives have been saved and untold cases of diseases have been prevented because of people getting vaccines to help them develop immunity to serious infections.
Diseases that used to affect many people, such as polio, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and meningitis, now are rare thanks to vaccines. It’s important to note that the germs that cause these illnesses continue to exist; so continued immunization is critical to the health of your child.
Additionally, immunization isn’t just good for your child’s health; it’s also good for those around him or her. When you immunize your child, you help protect the health of others including those who are too young to be vaccinated, those who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons, and those for whom a vaccine may not be effective.
As you enjoy your final days of summer and begin your back-to-school shopping, please include your child’s health among your plans. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe school year!
Back-to-School Immunization Clinics
To assist parents in getting their children immunized before the start of the 2015 to 2016 school year, the Baltimore County Department of Health will provide recommended vaccines at no cost for children up to age 18 who are eligible under the Vaccines for Children program. Learn more about the clinics held August 4 to 19, the Saturday clinics and the daily walk-in clinics at the health centers that are being offered in August and September.
Linda Grossman, M.D., Chief, Bureau of Clinical Services
Baltimore County Department of Health