One in three children in the U.S. is obese or overweight, putting them at greater risk for serious, even life-threatening health problems.
The problem of childhood obesity is especially prevalent in South Carolina. According to the State of Obesity report, 21.5 percent of 10 to 17 year olds in 2011 were obese, ranking us No. 2 among states in the nation.
Beaufort Memorial LifeFit Wellness Services is working to change children's lives by promoting the Healthy Kids Campaign, a free program offering nutrition and exercise counseling to youth ages two to 18?
Children identified as overweight or obese are provided unlimited free visits with a registered dietitian, as well as discounted rates to the hospital’s LifeFit Wellness Center or Beaufort YMCA?
In addition to the free nutrition counseling, BMH is providing four area practices—Beaufort Pediatrics, Sea Island Pediatrics, All Children’s Pediatrics and Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services—with the South Carolina Medical Association Childhood Obesity Toolkit featuring the 5-2-1-0 daily goal:
- 5 or more fruits and veggies each day
- 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, including TV, computer and video games
- 1 hour or more of physical activity daily
- 0 sugary drinks
The toolkit includes pamphlets explaining each of the 5-2-1-0 recommendations physicians can distribute to the parents of patients.
Pediatricians also are being encouraged to refer children who are overweight or obese to the Healthy Kids Campaign for further counseling. However, you do not need to be referred by a physician to participate in the program.
To access these free services or to learn more about the Healthy Kids Campaign call Beaufort Memorial LifeFit Wellness Services at (843) 522-5635.