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Small changes make for huge strides in preventing diabetes


Daily play can help prevent diabetes.
Photo courtesy of NANANordic.

 

Walk up the stairs. Snack on carrot sticks instead of chips. Play Every Day before settling in for the night. Small daily changes like these can help control weight and prevent diabetes in children.

Just a few decades ago, health care providers called Type 2 diabetes “adult-onset diabetes” because it only appeared in adults, mostly in middle age. Not anymore. The incidence of Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents has increased significantly. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has predicted that one in three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in her or his lifetime.

How can we turn the tide?  Healthy eating and active living.

What can families do? Make manageable changes for good health. Cut down on screen time. Use smaller plates when you eat. Drink water instead of soda. Do errands on foot when possible. Sleep enough to feel rested. Pile on the vegetables. Join your children when they jump, run, ski, and play as part of the Healthy Futures Challenge.

The list can go on, and every small step leads to a healthier family.