KIMT NEWS 3 – A study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was released saying that 19 states in the U.S. have seen a decline in obesity among preschoolers.
The study said that obesity rates for this age group in Iowa have fallen from 15.1 percent in 2008 to 14.4 percent in 2011.
It also said that children ages three to five are five times more likely to be overweight later in life if they are overweight as a child.
The Charlie Brown Daycare in Mason City are taking on the tricky task of making food that kids will enjoy eating but that is also up to the USDA standards.
Kathy Brierly, the Food Services director at Charlie Brown Daycare said, “the USDA gives us all the guidelines for serving sizes, amounts, what it takes to make a credible meal and that’s really how we put it all together.”
Brierly and others working at Charlie Brown know that it’s not just about what’s on the kids’ plates.
“More than just the food, we’re also active all stay long and doing things, running, playing, jumping,” Brierly said.
Because children at the preschool age are still developing physically and mentally, introducing healthy habits into their routine will have a lasting affect as they get older.
Iowa wasn’t the only Midwest state that made a difference with their obesity rates.
Minnesota has seen similar changes in this age group and it’s no question as to why.
Kim nelson, the Executive Director for The Children’s Center in Albert Lea is making sure the kids she works with stay healthy and busy.
“We’ve always made it a priority to stay active throughout our day,” Nelson said.
Nelson also said that the healthy habits have to carry over after school and daycare as well and that the parent/teacher partnership is important for long term healthy choices at school and at home.