Childhood Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. More than one third of children and teenagers ages two to 19 are obese or overweight, and that rate has tripled in the past 30 years. Childhood obesity can have a harmful effect on the body in several ways, putting children at high risk to develop cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma, joint problems, heartburn, and social and psychological problems. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults, leading to more serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
In response to this critical health care issue, Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) aims to create a safe, fun, and active environment for children ages seven to 13 and their family to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle. This family-based lifestyle change program teaches participants how the home environment and other factors influence choices that lead to a healthy weight with an emphasis on behavior changes to support healthy eating and physical activity. This program is generously supported by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.