September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese, according to HHS, putting children at risk for health problems that were once only seen in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Communities, health professionals and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and move more to prevent childhood obesity.

HHS encourages families to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit within reach or going on a family walk after dinner. Schools also need to be encouraged to provide health food options and daily physical activities for students. The federal government agency also encourages people to ask their doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by supporting programs to prevent childhood obesity.

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The American Dental Association advocates eating a balanced and nutritious diet for not only your overall health but for your dental health as well. Eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

To learn more about what the ADA has to say about nutrition, visit

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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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