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An epidemic.

That is what health and medical experts call the rising number of children and teens who fall into the obese or overweight category.

More than one third of our country’s children are at early risk for diseases most often associated with adulthood. That means high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even stroke. The financial impact of this trend is a sobering $14 billion per year in direct health care costs alone. The psychosocial consequences can plague these children academically and socially.

During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and all year long, you can make a difference. Set a good example. Spread the word about the importance of eating sensibly, avoiding tobacco and embracing an active lifestyle.

When making weekend or travel plans include active pursuits. Hike, bike, kayak or ride horseback.