Barb Parnell: Let's go!

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We continue to struggle as a nation with growing waistlines, and the impact for our children’s generation will be significant. Your best chance to avoid obesity is to stop gaining weight right now. What is so different today? Today, one in two Colorado adults are overweight or obese. If current trends continue, nearly two-thirds of Coloradans will be overweight or obese within the next six years.

Today’s 10-inch turkey sandwich averages 820 calories. This is 500 calories more than a portion 20 years ago.

Today, most children watch between 20 and 30 hours of TV per week, or about three or four hours per day. Time spent watching TV or using the computer is time they could be playing, riding a bike or having fun with family and friends.

So let’s stop overfilling our plates. Let’s play board games instead of video games. Let’s cook dinner together instead of ordering dinner together. Let’s exercise instead of supersize.

Let’s go! 5-2-1-0 (5 or more fruits and veggies a day, 2 hours or less of TV/Computer screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, 0 sugary drinks, more water and low-fat milk) is helping you and your kids be healthy by working with families and other partners to improve healthy eating and to be more physically active.

Barb Parnell

Community coordinator of LiveWell Northwest Colorado

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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